Jerusalem in the time of David



This drawing shows the City of David on the Eastern Hill of Jerusalem. The Kidron Valley is to the east (right in the drawing) and the Hinnom Valley to the west (left). The Central Valley (later called the Tyropoeon Valley) runs between the two. The Western Hill (left) remained unoccupied and unfortified till the time of Hezekiah.
King David captured the city of the Jebusites (2 Samuel 5.9) and since that time it was called the City of David. The Jebusite fortress was destroyed and covered over with a stepped stone structure that may have served as a foundation for David’s Palace/Fortress that stood higher up the hill. The Jebusite city walls remained intact and were an integral part of the defences of the City of David.
This drawing also shows a fortified area to the east of the City of David with a large tower. This tower was built in the Jebusite period and was continued to be used until the time of Hezekiah.
This drawing is the first in a series of reconstructions of Jerusalem in the times of Kings David, Solomon, Hezekiah, Nehemiah and Herod the Great.