Sperling drops a footnote to “David” in the list to tell the reader that in 1993 an inscription was found that mentions the “House of David”; this, however, he tells us, does not count: The inscription refers “to a king of Judah but not to King David himself.” I’ll bet dollars to donuts that Sperling learned of this extraordinary inscription only after he wrote the list including David and then added the footnote to make his sentence technically correct. The inclusion of David in the list only highlights the weakness of his point.