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THE FIRST NAILS IN THE COFFIN. The discovery of the fragmentary Tel Dan stela (lower left) in 1993 provided the first extrabiblical evidence for the existence of King David. The Aramean king who erected the stela in the mid-ninth century B.C.E. claims to have defeated the “king of Israel” and the king of bytdwd, or the “House of David.”