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Archaeologists announce discovery of the biblical city of Ziklag
Christian Post ^ | 07/10/2019 | JNS World News

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-Ra’i, 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 Sha’arayim, 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.


TOPICS: History; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: achish; amalekites; archaeology; arenmaeir; bible; catastrophism; godsgravesglyphs; israelfinkelstein; khirbetqeiyafa; kingdavid; kiryatgat; kylekeimer; lachish; philistines; saarganor; shaarayim; yosefgarfinkel; ziklag
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1 posted on 07/10/2019 9:29:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

How many times have I heard that archaeology disproves the Bible. Yet the people who claim this can never site any examples.


2 posted on 07/10/2019 9:31:31 AM PDT by LukeL
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To: SunkenCiv

You might be interested.


3 posted on 07/10/2019 9:31:42 AM PDT by rdl6989
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To: SeekAndFind

Ziklag. What an interesting name.
It sounds like a brand name for something very durable.


4 posted on 07/10/2019 9:34:18 AM PDT by lee martell
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“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


5 posted on 07/10/2019 9:38:23 AM PDT by CondorFlight
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To: LukeL
Yet the people who claim this can never site any examples.

Pun intended?................site vs cite?...............

6 posted on 07/10/2019 9:43:40 AM PDT by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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To: CondorFlight

David. A man after God’s own heart. Awesome!


7 posted on 07/10/2019 9:58:05 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: LukeL

I study history. Archeology on the contrary proves biblical historical facts.


8 posted on 07/10/2019 10:07:56 AM PDT by Cronos (Re-elect President Trump 2020!)
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To: CondorFlight

Biblical History

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 Saul’s 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).

https://www.bibleplaces.com/ziklag/


9 posted on 07/10/2019 10:17:58 AM PDT by the_daug
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To: lee martell
It sounds like a brand name for something very durable.

Or maybe roll your own cigarette papers.

10 posted on 07/10/2019 10:23:42 AM PDT by Migraine
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To: SeekAndFind; Phinneous
Here's an excellent, comprehensive article from July 8:

As archaeologists say they’ve found King David’s city of refuge, a debate begins

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.

11 posted on 07/10/2019 10:36:36 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The pun is mightier than the s-word.)
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To: Migraine

I remember those ZigZags.
Back when I used clove cigarettes from France, just to see what it was like.


12 posted on 07/10/2019 10:42:01 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: SeekAndFind

Gat is the place usually rendered as Gath in English translations of the Bible.


13 posted on 07/10/2019 10:44:27 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: FES0844
David. A man after God’s own heart.

Uriah the Hittite might have some doubts ...

14 posted on 07/10/2019 11:02:50 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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To: pepsi_junkie

Remember the Psalms.


15 posted on 07/10/2019 11:15:58 AM PDT by Biggirl ("One Lord, one faith, one baptism" - Ephesians 4:5)
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To: rdl6989; 75thOVI; Abathar; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AnalogReigns; AndrewC; aragorn; ...
Thanks rdl6989. We've been seen a recent spate of different finds related to the Philistines.
One of *those* topics.



16 posted on 07/10/2019 11:57:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; ...
Thanks rdl6989.

KEYWORDS: achish; amalekites; khirbetqeiyafa; kingdavid; kiryatgat; lachish; philistines; shaarayim; ziklag

17 posted on 07/10/2019 11:59:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: lee martell

How was that clove tobacco?


18 posted on 07/10/2019 11:59:38 AM PDT by Redcitizen (Tagline not secure.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Interesting!


19 posted on 07/10/2019 12:04:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: pepsi_junkie

The same thing might be said of Uriah’s wife....


20 posted on 07/10/2019 12:07:12 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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