King David of Jerusalem

Many of the Hebrews perished under the hardships of their renewed nomadic life. But those who survived grew strong. Their flocks and herds became numerous, and, when, many years afterward, a later generation of the wanderers came to Palestine, they were able to drive out most of its inhabitants and take possession of this fair "promised land." In Palestine their chief wealth still consisted of their flocks and herds, and they began to live more settled agricultural lives. They continued, however, a scattered folk with no central organization, a people but not a state. Most of the cities of Palestine remained in the hands of the older inhabitants for yet another three hundred years--until the time of David.

David drew the scattered farmer race together into a united and powerful nation; he made strong the bonds of ancient brotherhood. There had been many alien races remaining in Palestine; he conquered them and made of it a single Israelite kingdom. Chief of his warlike exploits was the storming of Jerusalem, the ancient city of the Jebusites. So high were the walls of this mountain fortress that its people mocked the Hebrews, declaring that the blind and lame could hold it safe against them. But David's warriors pushed forward their wooden towers and reached the summit by a sudden rush. The Hebrews thus won for themselves a capital, and became a nation. It was David who made Jerusalem what it has ever since remained, the home city of the Jews.

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