I Claim David’s Tomb

On this day, I John Gregory Presco, claim the Tomb of David in the name of Saint Francis. If the President of the United States can be considered a Messiah by foreigners, then, all Americans are candidates. My claim is founded on the Order of Saint Francis in Iowa, whom my kindred supported when they fled from Germany. I believe the biography written about Mother Mary Dominica Wieneke, traced this order to Jerusalem.

I break the seal over this gate, and let in angels!

Jon Presco ‘The Nazarite’

The seal above the gate is seen on the right side.

In the center of the seal is the 5 crosses symbol – the Franciscan’s symbol.  This symbol was the Crusaders sign of Jerusalem, and was adapted by the Franciscans. It is based on the 5 Holy wounds of the crucifixion  of Jesus (2 in the hands, 2 in the legs, and one in the chest).

Above the five crosses are two hands on both sides of a cross – the symbol of the custody of the Holy places. The bare hand is the hand of Jesus, while the hand with a sleeve is St. Francis of Assisi, the founder. Both hands are perforated – the holes created by nails (Jesus on the cross, St. Francis of stigmata).

From 1335 to 1551 the monastery was located in the place of the tomb of King David (1), the traditional location of the last supper. From 1551 until 1560 they resided in a bakery nearby.  After  then they relocated to another site in the city (St. Saviour).   (1) Thanks for S. Browns who provided a correction

    The Franciscan order was established by Saint Francis, an Italian who lived in the late 12th C. The Franciscans presence in the Holy Land started in the early 13th C, when they resided in a  small house in via Dolorosa.

In 1342 Pope Clement VI declared that the Franciscans are the official custodians of the Holy places (“Custodia Terroe Sanctoe”). This custody is still in effect to date.

  Only many years later they returned to Mount Zion. In 1936 the Franciscans bought the bakery building from Dejani family, and transformed it into the present convent of St. Francis


The contents of the sarcophagus have not yet been subjected to any scientific analysis, to determine their age, former appearance, or even whether there is actually still a corpse there.[citation needed]

The authenticity of the site has been challenged on several grounds. According to the Bible,[9] David was actually buried within the City of David together with his forefathers; by contrast, the 4th century Pilgrim of Bordeaux reports that he discovered David to be buried in Bethlehem, in a vault that also contained the tombs of Ezekiel, Jesse, Solomon, Job, and Asaph, with those names carved into the tomb walls.[10] The genuine David’s Tomb is unlikely to contain any furnishings of value; according to the 1st-century writer Josephus, Herod the Great tried to loot the tomb of David, but discovered that someone else had already done so before him.[11] The 4th-century accounts of the Bordeaux Pilgrim, Optatus of Milevus, and Epiphanius of Salamis all record that seven synagogues had once stood on Mount Zion.[12] By 333 CE (the end of the Roman Period and beginning of the Byzantine Period) only one of them remained, but no association with David’s tomb is mentioned.

According to the Book of Samuel, Mount Zion was the site of the Jebusite fortress called the “stronghold of Zion” that was conquered by King David, becoming his palace and the City of David.[13] It is mentioned in the Book of Isaiah (60:14), the Book of Psalms, and the first book of the Maccabees (c. 2nd century BCE).[13]

After the conquest of the Jebusite city, the hill of the Lower City was divided into several parts. The highest part, in the north, became the site of Solomon’s Temple. Based on archaeological excavations revealing sections of the First Temple city wall,[where?] this is believed to have been the true Mount Zion.[14]

Towards the end of the First Temple period, the city expanded westward.[15] Just before the Roman conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second Temple, Josephus described Mount Zion as a hill across the valley to the west.[13] Thus, the western hill extending south of the Old City came to be known as Mount Zion, and this has been the case ever since.[13] It must however be said that Josephus never used the name “Mount Zion” in any of his writings, but described the “Citadel” of king David as being situated on the higher and longer hill, thus pointing at the Western Hill as what the Bible calls Mount Zion.[16][17]

The Franciscan Monastery in Jerusalem during the 16th century did not encompass today’s King David Tomb complex. In fact it was not a monastery but the residence of a small band of friars—in a room on the Western part of today’s David Tomb because it was thought to be the site of the Last Supper. The friars used to throw their rubbish outside on the Eastern side of today’s Tomb complex. The Sharif Ahmad Dajani, the first to hold the Dajani name, cleaned up the waste and constructed the neglected Eastern side of today’s King David Tomb complex—where the tomb is located—in the 1490s. He established a place for Muslim prayer on the Eastern part of today’s complex. The “Franciscans were driven out from the mountain” by residents of Jerusalem in 1524. The “Ibn Dawood” mosque, a title given Sheikh Ahmad Dajani by the residents of Jerusalem, was established for Muslim prayers under the patronage of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and the supervision of al-Shareef Sheikh Ahmad bin Ali Dajani.[4]

Management of the site was transferred to the Muslim Palestinian family al-Ashraf Dajani al-Daoudi family (descendants of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Hussein) by an edict from Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1529.[5] Since then, the Dajani family supervised and maintained this site. As a result, they were given the title of Dahoudi or Dawoodi by the residents of Jerusalem in reference to the King David Tomb complex.[6]



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