The City of Jerusalem sits on top of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Sort of. Most of the Old City of Jerusalem today was actually not part of the Old City in the time of King David and King Solomon. The Dome of the Rock sits exactly on top of where both Temples stood 2,000 – 2,800 years ago. But the city of David, that is being unearthed every day, spanned a bit outside of today’s Old City Walls. An entire ancient city is being unearthed – from ritual baths, to large aqueducts, and walkways leading to the Holy of Holies.
There is no other city in the world with such a rich history as Jerusalem. The city was not a central location of the Jewish people in the time of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. However, they did pass through it. The story of the binding of Isaac took place in Jerusalem, but their is no mention of the city of Jerusalem till later on. King David is the one who brought the Jews into Jerusalem and established it as the seat of his Kingdom. But first, he bought it – with cash – from the Jebusites. So if anybody wants to claim that the Jewish people conquered the Land from others, they need to grapple with the Biblical stories that point out that the Jewish people actually bought Jerusalem, Hebron, and Shechem respectively. These three cities make up the holiest cities in the Land of Israel. But the crown jewel is Jerusalem.