David’s “kingdom”
Posted: 22 September 2008 09:38 AM   [ Ignore ]  
Total Posts:  110
Joined  2007-10-05

Jerusalem during the reign of David and Solomon was roughly the size of any one and only one of the following towns (i.e. somewhat less than 5000 people):

1. Soda Springs, ID
2. Stockbridge, MA
3. Newport, VT
4. Pembroke, NH
5. Rumford, ME
6. Ely, NV

It should be noted that 5000 is a high estimate. It is possible that 5000 is overstating “King David’s huge dominion.”

Fish stories abound. It is hysterical that the story of a Canaanite robber chieftain ruling over a very tiny hamlet morphed into the whopper that we find in the Bible. 

A bit of additional information:

Jerusalem during the time of David and Solomon was “perhaps not more than a typical hill-country village.” - Israel Finkelstein

In his book, “The Bible Unearthed,” Mr. Finkelstein writes with Neil Silberman, “Not only was any sign of monumental architecture missing, but so were even simple pottery shards.”


“Most of the Israelites did not come from outside Canaan - they emerged from within it. There was no mass Exodus from Egypt…no violent conquest of Canaan. The early Israelites were - irony of ironies - themselves originally Canaanites!

The conquest of Canaan by Joshua could not have happened [as] described in the Bible. Most of the towns…either weren’t inhabited, didn’t exist or were conquered at wildly different times.” —Finkelstein and Silberman

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