Can You See the Ancient Israelite Gate? (Video)

After worship yesterday morning we visited several sites in northern Israel. One of them was Tel Dan, described as the northern boundary of Israelite settlement in the Bible. (“From Dan to Beersheba…” – Judges 20:1, et al.) The site is one of my favorite places in Israel. It has abundant water, shaded walking trails, and big archaeological finds from biblical times.

Visitors interested in the Bible can see the following at Tel Dan:

  • A reconstructed wall/gate complex from the Iron Age (Divided Kingdom period)
  • An altar with standing stones (“high place”) in the gate plaza
  • The cultic center for worship of the golden calf installed by Jeroboam in 1 Kings 12
  • A mud brick gate with two towers, dating close to Abraham’s lifetime
  • A major source of the Jordan River
  • By the way… the Tel Dan inscription, the only known writing outside of the Bible that mentions David’s name, was found in the Iron Age gate plaza.

Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati has conducted excavations at Tel Dan for years. They’ve been digging in the gate plaza again this year and have a couple of explanatory signs for their current excavations. This short video shows what they’re trying to figure out in the gate area.

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 with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads informative, meaningful tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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1 Response to Can You See the Ancient Israelite Gate? (Video)

  1. praisethelorne says:

    It’s difficult to understand the gates of the walls if you don’t know what to look for. I worked at Tel Dor in Israel in 1988 and the head American archaeologist was explaining the gates to me, I had no idea what he was talking about! I returned to college and read Yisrael Aharoni’s Archaeology in the Land of Israel, where he showed what gate complexes looked like from above. The next year, while working at another dig at Sepphoris, I returned to Tel Dor and finally understood what the Professor was talking about!

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