The Conquerors: King David
King David’s reign of conquest begins in 1,000 BC when King Saul dies after having never succeeded in uniting the tribes of Israel. King David, the slayer of Goliath of Gath, fights his way to the top besting all contenders to the throne of Israel. In rapid succession, King David defeats the Philistines, the Moabites, the Aramaeans, the Edomites, and finally the Ammonites, establishing Israel as an independent national state and greatly extending its territories. In 995 BC, King David succeeds in capturing the Jebusite city of Jerusalem, making this the capital city of the Kingdom of Israel. David maintains his hold on power in the same manner he attained it – by removing anyone who gets in his way.