Certain currents in modern ceremonial magick are steeped in Qabalah, which in turn developed to tease out hidden, arcane information from the Torah. So news about characters depicted in the Torah should at least be of passing interest, yes? And King David – well the Psalms attributed to his authorship are used in still other current of magick, especially of the folk variety. So Prof. Yosef Garfinkel’s recently published study about urban habitation during the time David is likely to have ruled provides some idea of the reality behind the Torah stories. An excerpt reads:
“In a new academic paper, Prof. Yosef Garfinkel of the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University claims he has found evidence of urban settlement in organized cities dating to around 1,000 BCE, during the reign of King David.
“His article, published Monday in the Jerusalem Journal of Archaeology, a peer-reviewed publication of Hebrew University, supports the theory that King David ruled over a well-developed kingdom, complete with roads connecting between cities. This runs counter to the belief of some scholars from the minimalist school of thought who have previously suggested that since there is scant evidence of cities during King David’s reign, his position as a ruler of a great kingdom as written in the Bible could be exaggerated.”
Thanks to Soror Amy for the tip!