c.1035 - 970 BC
King of Israel

David was the second king of Israel and the successor of Saul.

He united Judah and Israel, formerly a tribal confederacy, and he made Jerusalem his capital. In Jewish tradition David became the symbol of the ideal king, and among Christians he is the ancestor of Jesus.

A famous warrior he defeated the Philistines, Moabites, Aramaens, Ammonites and Edomites. His son, Absalom, rebelled against him and was killed. After David's death, his son Solomon became king, and founded a famous line of kings.

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