Khirbet Qeiyafa: An Unsensational Archaeological and Historical Interpretation

Israel Finkelstein’s essay from Tel Aviv is available for one and all here.

The article deals with the finds at the late Iron I settlement of Khirbet Qeiyafa, a site overlooking the Valley of Elah in the Shephelah. It points out the methodological shortcomings in both field work and interpretation of the finds. It then turns to several issues related to the finds: the identity of the inhabitants, their territorial affiliation and the possibility of identifying Khirbet Qeiyafa with sites mentioned in the Bible and in the Shoshenq I list.


1 thought on “Khirbet Qeiyafa: An Unsensational Archaeological and Historical Interpretation

  1. Finkelstein’s last comment more or less sums up what is the problem with archaeology and the media today “This trend—in different guises—has resurfacedsporadically in recent years, with archaeology serving as a weapon to quell progress incritical scholarship. Khirbet Qeiyafa is the latest case in this genre of craving a cataclysmicdefeat of critical modern scholarship by a miraculous archaeological discovery” Include that Talpiot tomb nonsense, Jesus married papyri, and much of the ‘scholarship’ coming out of the University of North Carolina, (Religious Studies/Anthropology) as well.


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