Aerial view of Khirbet Qeiyafa

Archeology On The Front Lines: Israel Verses The Philistines

Something exciting is happening in the ancient hills of Judah. An archeological dig in progress since 2007 is illuminating a period in history once only known from the Biblical account of King David.

The place is called Khirbet Qeiyafa, an Arabic name that may mean “the place with a wide view”. Israeli archeologists working on the site have given it a Hebrew name meaning the “Elah Fortress”. The site is a hilltop, 30 kilometers southwest of Jerusalem overlooking the famous valley of Elah. That valley is instantly recognizable to Bible readers as the site of one of the most famous battles in history, the battle between the shepherd boy David and the giant Philistine soldier Goliath. Continue reading

More Evidence for Hezekiah’s Reforms At Lachish!

(Alternate Title: The Wrong Kind Of Throne!)

About 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Jerusalem is a massive mound that was once the Biblical city of Lachish. Only Jerusalem was more important in all the cities of the ancient Kingdom of Judah. Bible students are grateful for years of careful archeological study of the site as it has enriched our understanding of important Biblical events like the Assyrian invasion of Judah and the later Babylonian invasion.

Recent work shines a light on another important Biblical event: the religious reforms of King Hezekiah. When Hezekiah was enthroned, the worship of Jehovah, centered around the temple in Jerusalem, had been neglected for decades, certainly during Continue reading

The Threshing Floor of Ornan

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Post 12 – The threshing floor of Ornan (Araunah) the Jebusite, this week in #weeklybiblereadingarcheology. Early in King David’s reign, the large hill to the north of the City of David (Mount Moriah), was still devoid of Continue reading

Rabbah The Capital Of Ammon

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Post 11 – In the middle of Amman the capital of Jordan, is an L shaped hill called the Citadel. This is the location of Rabbah (also called Rabbath-Ammon) the capital city of the Ammonites (1 Chronicles 20:1). It was this city that David’s general Joab successfully set out conquer and it was close to its walls Continue reading

The Water Shaft And The “Millo”

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Post 9 – (Originally posted October 2015) This week in #weeklybiblereadingarcheology, two features from the City of David mentioned in 1 Chronicles chapter 11. In verse 5 the Jebusites taunt David, “You will never come in here!” Verse 6 tells us that David’s general Joab successfully took up the challenge. 2 Samuel 5:8 Continue reading

The “Tel Dan Stele”

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Post 8 –  It doesn’t look impressive, but this broken monument at the Israel Museum called the “Tel Dan Stele” (inset) is considered by some to be the most important find in Biblical archeology in decades. 1 Chronicles chapter 3 lists the descendants of David. A sequence of rulers from the same Continue reading