Skip to comments.Archaeological Find Supports Biblical Portrait of the Davidic Kingdom
Posted on 04/23/2012 6:45:30 AM PDT by NYer
In 2008 I first ran a story about a major archaeological discovery at Khirbet Qeiyafa. The Israeli Antiquities Authority is releasing the preliminary report of the finds at Khirbet Qeiyafa.
As I explained then, the findings are challenging skeptical scholars' claims.
As I explained then, according to skeptical scholars the accounts of the kingdoms of David and Solomon are myths--essentially the Israelite equivalent of Arthurian legends of Camelot and the Roundtable.
In short, in their view, it was simply fabricated. After Israel's Babylonian exile, the Jewish leaders invented these stories. The Israelites simply "idealized" their past; the Davidic traditions are little more than imaginary political propaganda.
Perhaps, such scholars might concede, there were some tribal leagues and small villages, but certainly no significant civilization amounting to a kingdom.
The report of what has been found at Khirbet Qeiyafa is calling such skepticism into doubt.
The Iron Age city had impressive architectural and material finds:
1. A town plan characteristic of the Kingdom of Judah that is also known from other sites, e.g., Bet Shemesh, Tell en-Nasbeh, Tell Beit Mirsim and Be’er Sheva‘. A casemate wall was built at all of these sites and the city’s houses next to it incorporated the casemates as one of the dwelling’s rooms. This model is not known from any Canaanite, Philistine or Kingdom of Israel site.
2. Massive fortification of the site, including the use of stones that weigh up to eight tons apiece.
3. Two gates. To date, no Iron Age cities with two gates were found in either Israel or Judah.
4. An open space for a gate plaza was left near each gate. In Area C an area was left open parallel to three casemates and in Area D, the area was parallel to four casemates.
5. The city’s houses were contiguous and built very close together.
6. Some 500 jar handles bearing a single finger print, or sometimes two or three, were found. Marking jar handles is characteristic of the Kingdom of Judah and it seems this practice has already begun in the early Iron Age IIA.
7. A profusion of bronze and iron objects were found. The iron objects included three swords, about twenty daggers, arrowheads and two spearheads. The bronze items included an axe, arrowheads, rings and a small bowl.
You can read the whole report here.
8. Trade and imported objects. Ashdod ware, which was imported from the coastal plain, was found at the site. Basalt vessels were brought from a distance of more than 100 km and clay juglets from Cyprus and two alabaster vessels from Egypt were discovered.
The excavations at Khirbat Qeiyafa clearly reveal an urban society that existed in Judah already in the late eleventh century BCE. It can no longer be argued that the Kingdom of Judah developed only in the late eighth century BCE or at some other later date.
The only thing that will convince some skeptics of the authenticity of the Bible is death.
It could be fun to start a list and let others add to it. I'll begin ...
I hate everything.
There’s that pesky “Common Era” again. Dates BEE CEE EEE. Yuck! I wonder what is “common” about our era...
“Atheists, Liberal ‘Christians’ Hit Hardest”
Just to tick them off, I refer to CE and BCE as “Christian Era” and “Before Christian Era.”
I even hate myself.
I hate that you hate yourself.
I hate hating hate.
Jews don’t recognise Christ.
Hate hates hating hate, too.
Two plus two has more wrong answers than right so I think your list of mistaken ideas about the Bible would start out being endless and growing all the time.
Thanks for the post.
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair, Laz...
—I hate hating hate.—
That’s why I hate you. You are a hater.
Understandable since the servant prophecies were the antithesis of what was expected (remember, even John the Baptist asked Him if He was the Messiah) and just like today, it is hard for sheep to imagine the Shepard as an avenging, wrathful warrior king who expects them to be willing to take up the cross, not the remote.
Why, did he lose a lot of weight? You can still tell it's him because of the hair.
I hate hater haters.
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