Prof. Galil ID’s Khirbet Qeiyafa as Netaim

Prof. Galil, whose translation of the Qeiyafa inscription created a lot of media buzz, writes that Khirbet Qeiyafa should be identified with a biblical city call Netaim.

Netaim is mentioned only one time in the Bible:

1 Chronicles 4:23 – “These were the potters who were inhabitants of Netaim and Gederah. They lived there in the king’s service.”

Galil has not yet published his full argument for this identification. His comments at this point can be read here. Todd Bolen gives his somewhat skeptical reaction here.

The excavators of Khirbet Qeiyafa have identified it as the biblical city of Shaaraim. Yusef Garfinkel and Saar Ganor give some explanation for this identification here. Dr. David Adams also presented a paper explaining this identification at the ASOR meeting last November. The biggest single argument is that Shaaraim means “two gates” – which happens to describe a unique feature of Khirbet Qeiyafa. Perhaps an inscription may be found that settles the question for good, though such a fortuitous discovery is rare in archaeology. In the meantime excavate, research, debate, discuss, follow the evidence.

HT: Todd Bolen


About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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One Response to Prof. Galil ID’s Khirbet Qeiyafa as Netaim

  1. Jared Saltz says:

    Galil’s identification is obviously — at this point — tenuous. Though the notion that Netaim would only have been occupied in the 10th century is intriguing, and has potential to bring some interesting discussion to the Khirbet Qeiyafa debate.

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