Well, what is it exactly?  In Hebrew a Star of David is called a Magen David, a shield of David, not a star at all. 

I find it very interesting, and will slowly try to map out the history.  Lets start at the beginning.

The actual shape of the Star is a hexagon, two equal triangles.  This first began showing up around the 12th century in a Karaite document called Eshkol Ha-Kofer by the Karaite Judah Hadassi, as a protective Jewish amulet.  It came from Psalm 18, the poems of King David, where G-d is compared to a shield granting Divine protection.

“Seven names of angels precede the mezuzah: Michael, Gabriel, etc. … Tetragrammaton protect you! And likewise the sign, called the ‘Shield of David’, is placed beside the name of each angel.”[9]

 However, there are even earlier signs from the 3rd century where the hexagons (the star) was used as a decorative piece on a tombstone in the Galilee.

This marks the beginning of the history of the “shield of David.”  I will continue to write more on this symbol of the modern day Jewish People.

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