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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

from its origins to circa AD 700, across the entire Christian world


David, Old Testament king of Israel, Psalmist

Saint ID


Reported Death Not After


Type of Saint
Old Testament saints, Monarchs and their family
Related Evidence Records
E00485The Piacenza Pilgrim mentions, in his account of Bethlehem (Palestine), the basilica of *David (Old Testament king of Israel, S00269), with the tombs of David and his son, King *Solomon (S00270); also the tomb of the Holy *Innocents (the children killed on the orders of Herod, S00268), whose bones can be seen together in one place. Account of an anonymous pilgrim, written in Latin, probably in Placentia (northern Italy), c. 570.
E00489The Piacenza Pilgrim describes the basilica at Mamre, with the tombs of the Old Testament Patriarchs *Abraham (S00275), *Isaac (S00276), *Jacob (S00280) and *Joseph (S00277), and of Abraham's wife Sarah (S00278), which is frequented by both Jews and Christians; he also mentions the feast of the deposition of *Jacob and of *David (king of Israel and psalmist, S00269), celebrated on the day after Christmas by large numbers of Jews. Account of an anonymous pilgrim, written in Latin, probably in Placentia (northern Italy), c. 570.
E03970The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c. prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 26 December *David (Old Testament king of Israel, S00269) and *James ('brother of the Lord', S00058).
E04133Coptic ostracon from Jeme (Upper Egypt) with a fragmentary letter asking for prayers on the feast day of Apa *David (presumably David, Old Testament king of Israel, S00269), on behalf of the sender who is sick and desires oil from the altar of the saints to be sent; datable to the 7th/8th century.
E04171Greek inscription praising the virtues of seven Old Testament figures (*Abraham, S00275; *Isaac, S00276; *Jacob, S00280; *Moses, S00241; *David, S00269; *Solomon, S00270; *Job, S01191), and probably encouraging the reader to imitate them. Found at Shivta (ancient Sobata) in the Negev desert (Roman province of Palaestina III). Probably late antique.
E04457Gregory the Great, in his Dialogues, recounts a number of miraculous stories, and considers the nature of miracles. Written in Latin in Rome, c. 593.
E05892Hesychius of Jerusalem composes his Homily 10, On *James (the Brother of the Lord, S00058) and *David (Old Testament King and Prophet, S00269), which he preaches during the celebration of the saints, held at the church of Holy Sion in Jerusalem on 25 December. Written in Greek at Jerusalem, in the early 5th c.
E05971Coptic ostracon from the area of Hermonthis (Upper Egypt) with an excerpt from a calendar of saints’ feast days, such as those of *Jakob (S00858), *Arsenios and Loukios (ascetics of Syrian origin, and martyrs near Panopolis, S02600), *Theognosta (perhaps the mother of George, S01537), *Athanasios (possibly the bishop of Alexandria, ob. 373, S00294), *David (Old Testament king of Israel and Psalmist, S00269), *Daniel (possibly the disciple and biographer of Arsenios, S02379) *Zoilos (possibly the disciple of Arsenios, S02378) and *Anna (possibly the mother of Mary, S01614), *Maria (possibly Mary, mother of Christ, S00033) and *Sophia (perhaps the head of a convent in Edessa, ob. 363, S02381); datable to the 7th century.
E05988Coptic ostracon from Jeme (Upper Egypt) with a letter mentioning an institution dedicated to Apa *David (presumably David, Old Testament king of Israel, S00269) and one dedicated to Apa *Phoibammon (soldier and martyr of Assiut, S00080); datable to the 7th/8th century.
E06083Adomnán, in his On the Holy Places, reports the recent visit of the Franco-Gallic bishop Arculf to the tomb of *David (Old Testament king of Israel, S00269), in a church in Bethlehem. Written in Latin at Iona (north-west Britain), possibly 683/689.
E06104The Itinerary of the so-called Pilgrim of Bordeaux lists several tombs in the Holy Land of biblical personages, almost all from the Old Testament. Written in Latin, probably in Bordeaux (south-west Gaul), shortly after 333.
E06658Aldhelm, in his prose On Virginity, concludes his list of exemplary virgins with the ultimately non-virginal Old Testament figures *Joseph (patriarch, S00277), *David (king of Israel, S00269), *Samson (judge of the Israelites, S02496), *Abel (second son of Adam, S02497), *Melchizedek (king and priest of Salem, S01783), and *Judith (S02498). Written in Latin in southern Britain, for the nuns at the monastery at Barking (south-east Britain), c. 675/686.
E07942The Breviarius, a brief guide to the holy places of Jerusalem, which survives in two distinct versions,mentions a number of buildings and relics associated with saints and Old Testament figures. Written in Latin, presumably in Jerusalem, perhaps (in its two surviving states) around AD 500.