News from Qeiyafa: The Discovery of Two Decorated Cultic Boxes
From Barnea Selevan after the news conference this morning.
Based on two decorated cultic boxes Prof. Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University and Saar Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority suggest revising the understanding of several biblical verses and practices. They suggest the small boxes are actually the arks used in Israel as opposed to the ark of the desert. They suggest finding them in the rooms is akin to the four times the ark was kept in someone’s house. The decorations include a triple recessed design which could be the “sheqafim” and that insets of three lines on the top of the box are triglyphs which are the earliest found and explain the word “tzla’ot” in Solomon’s temple and in Ezekiel’s description. Other elements hint at the curtain and pillars. One has decorative lions. Prof Garfinkel suggests that only a contemporary writer would have this accuracy.
I think we can all expect more later.
UPDATE: As I suspected, there’s more coming- including photos courtesy Robert Deutsch, who describes the objects thusly: a limestone temple model, a ceramic temple model and a basalt incense burner – dated to 1020-1080 BCE
UPDATE II: More on the news conference (with many more details) along with the to-be-expected ‘see, this proves the Bible’ spin has just appeared here. The report also includes several other photos- especially of the presentation itself.
UPDATE III: And there’s even a book (boy that was fast!). Again, with thanks to Robert Deutsch-
UPDATE IV: Now the Hebrew University Press Release is online.