This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham…
–The opening line of the Christian New Testament (Matthew 1:1)
The archaeological evidence is overwhelming: There is no evidence of the biblical King David, his united Israelite kingdom, nor of his occupation of the city of Jerusalem. There is one inscription of a “king David” on a stele in northern Israel dated several hundred years after the alleged time of the biblical David, but “king of what”? This is hardly good evidence for the existence of the biblical King David.
And there is more. There is zero archaeological evidence of the great King Solomon, his temple, or of his massive empire stretching from the Euphrates to the Nile. None. Zip. Nada.
Christian apologists will be quick to chime in: “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”. And this is true. But the absence of evidence regarding the biblical King David and the biblical King Solomon is odd. Very, very odd.
If such great kings existed, why is there not only no archaeological record in Palestine of their existence, but there is no mention of them in the stelae or other writings of the surrounding peoples, such as the Egyptians, the Hittites, and the Assyrians? Nothing. These surrounding nations did leave records about many other, less important, kings of Israel and Judah, but absolutely nothing about the two greatest Israelite kings! Nothing.
Most modern archaeologists, including most Israeli archaeologists, believe that the biblical kings David and Solomon never existed. They are myths.
So what does that say about Jesus of Nazareth??
Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, a descendent of King David. If King David did not exist that makes Jesus a fool or a liar. Either way, modern archaeology proves that Jesus was not an all-knowing god but a fallible man. He certainly was not the omniscient creator of the universe, as Christianity claims.
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