Is This Where King David Placed the Ark of the Covenant?

Visiting the Gihon Spring in Jerusalem
Rock cut rooms above the Gihon Spring.
City of David | Eliyahu Yanai

Shortly after conquering Jerusalem, King David brought the Ark of the Covenant to the city and placed it near the Gihon Spring. According to the Bible, the Ark stayed in that location for almost 50 years while the Temple was being constructed.

On Sunday, host Brent Nagtegaal toured the area surrounding the Gihon Spring with City of David Director of International Affairs, Ze’ev Orenstein. On today’s show, Brent discusses his visit to the Gihon spring, including the recent discovery of religious rooms that could have held the Ark during the time of King David.

The interview with Ze’ev Orenstein begins at 27:30.

Floor engravings in rock-cut room by the Gihon Spring
City of David | Eliyahu Yanai
Olive press in rock-cut room by Gihon Spring
City of David | Eliyahu Yanai

Show Notes

Archaeology Reveals Jerusalem’s Origins

Example of a Siphon Spring (off-site link)

Characterization of the hydrogeology of the sacred Gihon Spring, Jerusalem: A deteriorating urban karst spring (off-site link)