In a thousand-year-old building on Mount Zion, the Tomb of King David (Hebrew: קבר דוד המלך) lies. The tomb is Holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. David was the second king of the United Kingdom of Israel and a very important figure in Judaism.
According to Jewish tradition, King David was buried at about 1000 BC, in the City of David as mentioned in 1 Kings 2: 10-
” וַיִּשְׁכַּב דָּוִד, עִם-אֲבֹתָיו; וַיִּקָּבֵר, בְּעִיר דָּוִד.”
” And David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David. ”
Jews come to the Tomb to recite the Psalms -written by David.
The Tomb is covered with a velvet cloth embroidered with the words: David Melech Israel Hai Vekayam- David the king of Israel lives forever.
Prayers at King David’s tomb turn to Jerusalem, which David made the united capital of the tribes of Israel. The anniversary of David’s death coincides with the eve of Shavuot, when it is customary to pray and study all night at the tomb.
In 1948, when Independent Israel received control over the Holy site and after Jerusalem was reunited in 1967, the Tomb of David became one of the major Religious sites in Israel.
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