Werner Braun

“David slept with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David” (1 Kings 2:10). The Hebrew Bible makes it clear that King David and his successors were buried somewhere on the narrow ridge near the Gihon Spring where the earliest city of Jerusalem was located. But where exactly? The leader of an early-20th-century excavation believed he had discovered the royal necropolis of the Davidic kings in the southern part of the City of David, overlooking the Kidron Valley (the photo looks out from inside the largest of these “tombs”), but many have challenged the identification. Could this have been King David’s burial place?