Home / History / 15 Interesting Facts about King David There’s still such an air of mystery surrounding King David. That is, until now. Here’s more than a dozen interesting facts about King David that will ensure you never look at history in quite the same way again!
Israel’s second king and established Jerusalem as his capital. During his
life he conquered Jerusalem as he set out to build an enduring empire. He destroyed the Philistines and their culture so they would never threaten him again.
King David Handing the Letter to Uriah
King David is portrayed as both a hero and a villain in various parts of the bible.
It’s not known whether he actually killed the giant Goliath.
He is said to have been obsessed with dating the wives of other men.
The Book of Chronicles censored his life story to avoid controversy.
King David was the youngest of 8 children.
“Speak truth to power” comes from officials confronting him over his infidelity.
King David statue with broken nose
by Alexander Dyomin at Mount Zion
His sons would go to war against one another after his
Jewish tradition claims he never died and is alive to this day. He had an affair with Bathsheba – mother of King Solomon.
‘The King David’ – fresco (about 1596-1597) by Giuseppe Cesari, called Cavalier d’Arpino (Arpino 1568-
Rome 1640) – Carthusian monastery and museum of San Martino in Naples
David was well known as a singer in his
time. Samuel chose him to be king of all Israel.
This was quite the promotion given he started his career as a humble shepherd!
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