My Research on King David's Mythology

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My Research on King David's Mythology

Hi there,

First of all, I'd like to say that as a member of Atheist Republic, I'm very thankful to all the members here for helping me. I always try my best to help others like me and here I am going to touch a topic about a question that was asked by myself but which led me to a discovery of several hidden truths. Basically, I opened a very fascinating topic in the Debate Room yesterday and it received a huge amount of replies especially from respected atheist Nyarlathotep. The topic started with a baffling confusion which was haunting me and since I'm a very new atheist, I have to clear my mind of all the wrong beliefs that have been embedded and brainwashed inside of me and the only way to do the mind cleaning is to replace the wrong beliefs with the correct beliefs. So, when I discovered more about King David, I decided to make a separate topic for him since my previous topic's title was completely different and people might not read it for finding about David.

Everything that I've written below is what I've found by researching.

======Absence of Historical Evidence=======
King David is one of the most baffling characters in Christianity. He is a majestic king with a supposedly large kingdom and dominance over the land. A man with such a popularity should have left numerous amounts of evidence for his existence and his kingdom. However, what do we have of him today? Some inscriptions of whom the most popular one is Tel Dan Stele today. I'll come back to that.

======Islamic Claim: Iron Softened in David's Hand (Miracle)=======
Islam says that David used to make armor out of iron for his army. The iron was softened in his hands.

It was We Who taught him the making of coats of mail for your benefit, to guard you from each other’s violence: will ye then be grateful? (Koran 21:80 Yusuf Ali)

Too bad, I'm going to ruin your belief now. The chainmail was not invented until the 5th century BC.. Some scholars consider that it was the cults who invented the chainmail in 3rd century BC, which is even worse for the Islamic claims. Besides, David was a shepherd for fuck sake, he was not a blacksmith who made armor!

==================Tel Dan Stele====================
The Tel Dan Stele has been attributed to Hazael of Damascus. It was he who wrote this inscription. However, that's false because the Tel Dan inscription contains some serious errors.

1) Contradiction with Bible: the Bible tells us that it was Jehu who killed Ahaziah (2 Kings 9:14) however the inscription tells us that it was an Armanean king who killed Ahaziah. Why would someone write an inscription about David who was supposedly a holy man and then write a falsehood in it? Now I'm not trying to defend Bible here but rather discarding both, the Bible and fictitious character King David because of this very contradiction in the inscription

2) Linguistic error: the inscription where the "House of David" has been assumed is literally the phrase "bytdwd". Now the issue is that the inscription does not seperate byt and dwd. This means that it's a single word. So there's no way in the entire universe by which anyone can extract "House of David" as a meaning of that single word. In literal translation, it'd mean Bethdavid. So why is this an error? It is an error because Bethdavid means nothing logical. It's just like saying "housedavid".

Beth = house
For example: Bethlehem = House of Meat

=========Deep Critical Analysis of Tel Dan Stele===========
I'd highly suggest anyone who is interested to find more about this forgery should take a look at this book:

It discusses Jerusalem in ancient traditions but also covers the topic of Tel Dan. The link I've given is going to directly open that page.

=========Mesha Inscription and its Deep Critical Analysis=====
I highly suggest everyone to read this article. It is everything that you will ever need to know about past and future forged inscriptions including who are responsible, how it was done and the forgery of the Mesha inscription.

========Considering "House of David"===================
Even if we do consider that the inscription meant "House of David", even then it proves nothing. The words "House of David" refer to the lineage of David and hence only show that there was a family of David which existed. Who actually existed in it? We have no idea. It also does not prove that the man we know today, the mythical figure, is the same David as the one we're talking about in the inscription. So, once again, there's not enough evidence to prove the existence of David. The inscription cannot be used as a source of evidence because it has too many absurd errors which can only be made by someone of a confused mind today. Contradicting the Biblical history and then forgetting to correctly put the word separators is not something which the people of the old time did. It's not a mistake on the paper we're talking about, it's a damn stone-carved inscription which is about a Biblical character himself.

Think about this: a man carves an inscription about a Biblical character but gets the Biblical story completely wrong.

In addition, "House of David" does not prove that his kingdom existed.

==========A Notorious Man by the name of Oded Golan===========
I'm going to end this topic by talking about a man called Oded Golan who has been accused of forging around 40+ archaeological evidences of Biblical stories and characters. You can check out his page here:

He has tried to create many archaeological inscriptions in the past but the scientists, every time, broke the code of the forgery. That man is someone to be conscious of when we talk about inscriptions like the Mesha and the Tel Dan.

According to me and according to many rationalists and logical thinkers here, it'll be extremely fair to conclude that there never was a man by the name of David in the history. All proofs and so-called archaeological evidence of him are unreliable and cannot be used to deduct anything in the favor of this David.

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@Seek3R ……..

@Seek3R ……..

I like your style...…. keep digging.... I particularly enjoyed the Abraham/Issac thread.... good stuff....

Now to the point of my post...… David / Solomon and the Davidic "empire" provides real food for research..... I've always found it a bit like looking for the British legends of Arthur and Camelot ….. so much is over written and modified..... but that does not mean it is lost forever.... just don't expect a simple explanation.

You might find this useful...…

Page 155 seems to be the start of the relevant sections …..

Its an on line paper by Israel Finklestein ,an Israeli archaeologist …..his book "The Bible Unearthed" is also very good if you can get hold of a copy.

Any way hope it helps.....

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From all I have read there

From all I have read there actually is no evidence at all for any of the patriarchs. David, If he was a king, was the king of a bunch of sheep herders.

If you want cutting edge information, this is the woman to listen to.
An excellent documentary. Francesca Stavrakopoulou (born 3 October 1975) is a British theologian and broadcaster. She is currently Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at the University of Exeter and Head of its Department of Theology and Religion.] The main focus of her research is on the Hebrew Bible, and on Israelite and Judahite history and religion.

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Yep. I subscribed to her

Yep. I subscribed to her stuff a few years ago. She has some great lectures.


Sapporo's picture
The mythological David did

The mythological David did not exist. The historical David may possibly have existed, but yes, he is unlikely to have been especially remarkable.

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Just saying...

The biblical David character is one of the most despicable characters in the biblical fairy tale.

Cognostic's picture
Why are you picking on the

Why are you picking on the homosexuals?
“When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was wearing, and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.” (1 Samuel 18:1-4)

41 As soon as the lad had gone, David arose from a place toward the south, fell on his face to the ground, and bowed down three times. And they kissed one another; and they wept together, but David more so.

4 And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.

And then they humped like hamsters on the dirt floor,

Seek3R's picture
Oh wow, wtf. I never read

Oh wow, wtf. I never read that.

Thanks for revealing that!

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