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In the Footsteps of King David

Revelations from an Ancient Biblical City

In the Footsteps of King David

Revelations from an Ancient Biblical City

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Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500052013
Number of Pages: 256
Published: 07/06/2018
Width: 15.3 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
King David is a pivotal figure in the Bible, which provides stirring accounts of his deeds, including the slaying of the Philistine giant Goliath and the founding of his capital in Jerusalem. However, no certain archaeological finds from the period of his reign or of the united kingdom he ruled over have been uncovered - until now. In this first-hand and highly readable account, the excavators of Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Valley of Elah, where the Bible says David fought Goliath, reveal how seven years of exhaustive investigation have uncovered a city dating to the time of David - the late 11th and early 10th century bc - surrounded by massive fortifications with impressive gates, a clear urban plan and an abundance of finds that tell us much about the inhabitants, including a pottery sherd with the earliest known Hebrew inscription. The authors clearly describe the methods of the excavation and the evidence they discovered, as well as how we interpret it. But more than just a simple excavation report, this book also explains the significance of these discoveries and how they shed new light on David's kingdom, as well as discussing the link between the Bible, archaeology and history. This topic is at the centre of a decades-long controversy, with some scholars disputing that the Bible contains a record of historical events and people, an approach that is convincingly challenged here.

Yosef Garfinkel, Saar Ganor, Michael G. Hasel

Yosef Garfinkel is Yigael Yadin Professor for the Archaeology of the Land of Israel, Biblical Archaeology Department of the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Head of the Berman Center for Biblical Archaeology. Saar Ganor was co-director of the excavations at Khirbel Qeiyafa. Michael G. Hasel is Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee, USA.

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