If you look far enough up King David’s family tree (ten generations), you will see that he came from the tribe of Judah. And as we look through his family tree, we see that some of his relatives are still very well known, even 3,000 years later. Some of his famous relatives include:
There are also quite a few surprising connections in David’s family tree:
David had seven brothers and two sisters as well as at least eight wives and ten concubines. It was a massive family, and some of the complicated relationships are confusing.
However, a family tree helps to make some of these relationships crystal clear. For example, the dot points above are easily traced on the family tree below.
This family tree is also available in SVG format. If you wish to use or edit the family tree you are free to do so. It is released into the public domain.
If you are viewing the SVG file on a computer that will display tooltips (eg. a desktop computer or laptop), hovering your mouse pointer over any of the names or links in the family tree will show the references in the Bible that describe that person or relationship.
If you try hovering over a link or name and nothing seems to happen, keep waiting for a while. It can take up to 10 seconds or even more for the first tooltip to display.
The tooltips are not yet complete: they stop with Amaziah the son of Joash (Jehoash) as you go down the page. This is still a work in progress. Please let me know if you find any errors in the passages or believe that extra references would be worth adding.
I don’t often get technical here, but this is one of those occasions. If “SVG” means nothing to you, then you will probably not be interested in this section.
This family tree, which is available in SVG format, is also intended to be useful for those who want a resource they can edit or resize. The “S” in SVG stands for “Scalable”, which means that you can zoom in and the curves will still be smooth curves – they don’t turn into little blocks. All of the text in the diagram uses the free “Roboto Condensed” font, and the font has been embedded in the SVG file so that it will display properly on almost any browser.
If you are interested in SVG files, the font embedding and SVG optimisation were both done with svg-buddy.
This is one of a series of articles on David published as back-up material for some Bible-based micro-tales – short stories contained in the series of books: Fiction Favours the Facts.
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