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The Tel Gezer Expedition just announced the discovery of a palatial building tentatively dated to the 10th century BC, around the time of King Solomon in the Bible. The Bible says Solomon fortified Gezer, so a large building from this … Continue reading
A book launch and seminar discussion will be held next Thursday, July 9th, in Jerusalem. The event is free and open to the public. Here is the full text of the invitation: – – – – – – – – – … Continue reading
If you read 1 Kings 6:31-33 in the Bible, you may see a margin note that the meaning of some Hebrew words is uncertain. Similar margin notes may also appear in Ezekiel chapter 41. Read 1 Kings 7:1-6 in different Bible versions such … Continue reading
My previous post discussed the recently-completed excavations around Jerusalem’s Gihon spring. This spring was the water source for ancient Jerusalem. The Gihon spring had one weakness. It lay at the bottom of the hill, but for defensive purposes the city … Continue reading
Archaeological teams often take field trips to other sites during excavation season. Last Thursday afternoon, we went to the biblical city of Gezer. This site has seen the best of times and the worst of times. What does that mean? … Continue reading
Yesterday we visited Ir David in the ancient City of David. This area includes a number of excavated structures plus a walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel and a visit to the Pool of Siloam. Solomon’s coronation is one of many biblical … Continue reading
Yossi Garfinkel asked me to post some comments from him regarding the new discoveries from Khirbet Qeiyafa. These comments address some misconceptions about his conclusions. For one, he clarifies that the unique shrine here is the stone model, not the … Continue reading
I case you missed it, the NOVA program “Quest for Solomon’s Mines” is currently streaming on the PBS website. The Qeiyafa segment begins around minute 37, though the entire program is interesting.
Here is a detailed review of the NOVA program that included Khirbet Qeiyafa. Agreed – the program did a fair job. You can see my initial reaction in the update to my previous post.
Khirbet Qeiyafa is part of National Geographic’s upcoming feature article “Kings of Controversy” (December, 2010). The article deals with the historicity of the biblical David and Solomon. Prof. Yossi Garfinkel, director of excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, is interviewed in the story … Continue reading