9 comments on “News from Qeiyafa: The Discovery of Two Decorated Cultic Boxes

  1. Looks like the house shrines in that old BAR article where one had a calf in it.

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  4. Jim, hello… I spent much of yesterday (TUES 08 MAY) playing with the Qeiyafa story, partly in search of a “scoop” for my own web-log — which was not a good idea in the first place.

    Early on, I got off on the wrong track, based on your quote from Barnea Selevan (above): “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.”

    By the end of the day, after reading the official press release, I decided Mr. Selevan was off-base and had gotten ME off-base. Anyway, I “pulled” my post and went to bed.

    Granted, there was a certain confusion of terminology in the official release, but Garfinkel did NOT call the small boxes “arks”. The connection he made, as I now read it, was that the three rooms (“shrines”) which he excavated at Qeiyafa provide a context for understanding the four biblical references to the Ark of the Covenant being housed in a private residence. But the boxes were not the “arks”, symbolic or otherwise.

    Darn shame, too. It was a catchy title I had: “Raiders of the Lost Arks”! Comments?

  5. Maybe you missed my point: Your source, Mr. Selevan, either did not understand, or he seriously misrepresented, what was presented at the news conference.

    TOM POWERS / Jerusalem

    • i think he reflected the sentiments of garfinkel as those were expressed at the news conference. that the official press release is more measured is to be expected. i certainly don’t impute to selevan any intentional deception or misrepresentation.

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  7. Touché. From discussions on-line I now see that Garfinkel apparently did call the boxes “arks”. Too bad the release skipped over this key point. My apologies to Mr. Selevan.

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