Skip to comments.Archaeologists announce discovery of the biblical city of Ziklag
Posted on 07/10/2019 9:29:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
(JNS) The Israeli Antiquities Authority, Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Macquarie University of Sydney, Australia, have announced the discovery of what they believe is the biblical city of Ziklag, the Philistine city in which according to the Bible the young David took refuge from King Saul.
Ziklag is mentioned in the Bible multiple times in relationship to David, who the Bible states received sanctuary in the city along with his army, with the permission of Achish, King of Gat. The site is also believed to be the place from which David left to journey to Hebron, where he was anointed King of Israel and ruled for seven years before ascending to Jerusalem.
Later on, Ziklag is mentioned in the Book of Nehemiah as a center for Jews returning from the Babylonian exile.
Over the years of archaeological searches for the city, numerous alternative locations were proposed but none met all the required criteria. The excavations at the current site, called Khirbet a-Rai, began in 2015 and uncovered some 10,700 square feet in the Judean foothills between Kiryat Gat and Lachish, according to the press release put out by the IAA and the Hebrew University.
Researchers say the location is unique because it contains evidence of continuous settlement, including signs of a Philistine community and King David-era Jewish settlement, in keeping with the required criteria for Ziklag. Moreover, the site shows evidence of having been destroyed by a massive fire, which is how Jewish Ziklag was brought down at the hands of the Amalekites.
Findings at the site include massive stone structures with bowl- and oil-lamp offerings beneath the floors, consistent with Philistine civilization.
Nearly 100 pottery vessels for storing oil and wine, identical to those found in the fortified Judean city of Khirbet Qeiyafa, which has been identified as the biblical city of Shaarayim, were also located amid evidence of the ancient fire at the site and carbon-dated to the time of King David.
The findings were made possible through the funding of Joey Silver of Jerusalem, Aron Levy of New Jersey and the Roth Family and Isaac Wakil, both of Sydney.
How many times have I heard that archaeology disproves the Bible. Yet the people who claim this can never site any examples.
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Ziklag. What an interesting name.
It sounds like a brand name for something very durable.
“Then David said to Achish, “If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be given me in one of the country towns, that I may dwell there; for why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?” So that day Achish gave him Ziklag; therefore Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day.”
I Samuel 27
Pun intended?................site vs cite?...............
David. A man after Gods own heart. Awesome!
I study history. Archeology on the contrary proves biblical historical facts.
Ziklag was listed as one of the 29 towns in Negev and was assigned to the tribe of Simeon (Josh 15:31; 19:5). It was apparently controlled by the Philistines during King Sauls rule, and was given by King Achish of Gath to David when he was running from Saul. David used it for a home base for raids against various groups who threatened the southern borders of Judah (1 Sam 27). After being away one time, he returned to find it ransacked by the Amalekites (see Nahal Besor).
Or maybe roll your own cigarette papers.
Mere hours after team claims to have uncovered 3,000-year-old biblical town of Ziklag south of Jerusalem, two of their peers insist they most certainly have not...
Hah, there's always some broader meaning, specifically wrt a debate about why David couldn't possibly have been residing there. Some of the experts insist that it makes no sense.
All in the timing. Living parables through archaeological digs, love it.
I remember those ZigZags.
Back when I used clove cigarettes from France, just to see what it was like.
Gat is the place usually rendered as Gath in English translations of the Bible.
Uriah the Hittite might have some doubts ...
Remember the Psalms.
Thanks rdl6989. We've been seen a recent spate of different finds related to the Philistines.
One of *those* topics.
How was that clove tobacco?
The same thing might be said of Uriah’s wife....
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