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City of David

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In the Old Testament, the phrase “the city of David” refers to Jerusalem. The name was given to the fortified city of the Jebusites after it was captured by David (2 Samuel 5:6-10 ). Its original reference may have been only to the southeastern hill and the Jebusites' military fortress there. In Luke 2:4 ,Luke 2:4,2:11 the reference is to Bethlehem, the birth place of David (see John 7:42 ). See Jerusalem ; Zion .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'City of David'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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