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The Tel Dan Inscription

A fragmented slab of stone found in Israel with Aramaic characters carefully engraved in the stone describe a military victory of the Aramein King over southern nations; one of which is stated as: "The King of the House of David".  The stone is date to the late 9th Century BC. Sadly the undiscovered portion of the stone presumably records the names of the kings but most scholars believe the stela recounts a campaign of Hazael of Damascus, king of Aram, in which he defeated both Jehoram of Israel and Ahaziah of Judah.

Why is this discovery so important?

This simple inscription proves the historical person of King David out side of the bible while at the same time validating the bible's historical reliability.  It also reveals the influence and respect of King David.  Over 100 years later, even his enemies still recognize him as the foundation of that dynasty.  The inscription corresponds to 2 Chronicles 22.  This discovery is ranked as one of the top 10 most important archeological finds of that year.

The theory that King David was a fictitious Israelite hero or embellished minor person in Israels early history become less creditable and less reliable because of the discovery out side of the Bible's witness of him. 

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