Israeli archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar stands in the newly discovered tunnel at a section just behind the famous Stepped Stone Structure.(Courtesy of Dr. Eilat Mazar)
Israeli archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar stands in the newly discovered tunnel at a section just behind the famous Stepped Stone Structure.
(Courtesy of Dr. Eilat Mazar)

Did King David Conquer Jerusalem Using This Tunnel?

October 30, 2008  •  From theTrumpet.com
Dr. Eilat Mazar says a tunnel discovered in the City of David may be the one David’s men used during their conquest of Jerusalem.
 

Before he united ancient Israel under one, undivided throne, King David had to conquer the Jebusite stronghold on a hill later renamed the City of David, located in the modern-day city of Jerusalem. The Jebusites, the Bible relates, were so confident in their defense against David’s attack that they even taunted the mighty king, saying the blind and lame could sufficiently defend the city (2 Samuel 5:6).

(Courtesy of Dr. Eilat Mazar)This angered David. He challenged his top military generals by offering command of his army to the warrior who could successfully capture the fortified stronghold. The Bible says Joab coordinated the sneak attack on the Jebusite city and that a water conduit—tsinnor in Hebrew—factored into the successful conquest (see 2 Samuel 5:8).

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