Tag Archives: Khirbet Qeiyafa

Radiocarbon Dating Khirbet Qeiyafa and the Iron I-IIA Phases in the Shephelah: Methodological Comments and a Bayesian Model

A new essay by I. Finkelstein and E. Piasetzky, in Radiocarbon 57 (2015), 891–907. This article discusses methodological issues related to the radiocarbon dating of Khirbet Qeiyafa, mainly the question of whether the site should be dated solely according to … Continue reading

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Keith Whitelam: Further Reflection on the ‘Palace of David’ Discovery

On Facebook, Keith writes The most sensational of all recent claims is the press release from the Israel Antiquities Authority that King David’s palace and storerooms have been found at Khirbet Qeiyafa. But within days of the announcement—eagerly picked up … Continue reading

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A Second Inscription from Qeiyafa?

Joseph Lauer informs us that Luke Chandler writes A few people have inquired about the new Khirbet Qeiyafa inscription discovered in the 2012 season. I asked Yossi Garfinkel about it last week when I drove up to Chattanooga (from Tampa!) to catch his … Continue reading

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Qeiyafa Replicas in Tennessee…

A new exhibit at Southern Adventist University’s Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum, The Battle over King David: Excavating the Fortress of Elah, will now present many of the finds from Khirbet Qeiyafa to the public for the first time. A team … Continue reading

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Arav Responds to Garfinkel

In a rollicking response to Garfinkel’s unjustified criticisms of Arav’s review. I hesitated whether to respond to this ad hominem reply or not. Each “point” in the “18 points” purports to say how flawless the report on Khirbet Qeiyafa is … Continue reading

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‘Raiders of the Lost Relics’

In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Matthew Kalman reports On a hilltop overlooking the Elah Valley, about 15 miles southwest of Jerusalem, an ancient city is yielding archaeological finds that have reignited a debate about some of the Bible’s most … Continue reading

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James McGrath’s Great Roundup of Qeiyafa Posts and a Sage Observation by J.S.

I think he’s collected everything worth collecting and made some sensible comments along the way.  Give it a read.  We’ve also been discussing the discovery on the biblical studies list and Jonathan Stökl sagely observed that: I agree that [that] … Continue reading

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Seth Sanders et al on the Qeiyafa Discovery

Seth (and some others) have some thoughts on possible unintended consequences of the Qeiyafa find.  It begins Notes from a conversation between Seth Sanders, Matthew Suriano and Jacqueline Vayntrub. “The difference between the new model shrines and others is that … Continue reading

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Thomas Römer and Yosef Garfinkel and Qeiyafa in Paris

Thomas Römer Milieux Bibliques Conférenciers invités Yosef Garfinkel, Professeur à la Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israël) – Portable Shrines from Khirbet Qeiyafa and the Biblical Descriptions of Solomon Palace and Temple. Le mercredi 23 mai 2012, à 14h00. Nifty.  I … Continue reading

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The Hebrew University Press Release on the Qeiyafa Discovery

Hebrew University archaeologist finds the first evidence of a cult in Judah at the time of King David, with implications for Solomon’s Temple Jerusalem, May 8, 2012—Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, the Yigal Yadin Professor of Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at … Continue reading

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Unsensational Qeiyafa

A new essay by Finkelstein, I. and Fantalkin, A., titled Khirbet Qeiyafa: An Unsensational Archaeological and Historical Interpretation has just appeared in Tel Aviv 39/1: 38–63. The Abstract- The article deals with the finds at the late Iron I settlement … Continue reading

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The Israel Antiquities Authority Preliminary Report on Khirbet Qeiyafa

The last paragraphs of which suggest The Iron Age city had impressive architectural and material finds: 1. A town plan characteristic of the Kingdom of Judah that is also known from other sites, e.g., Bet Shemesh, Tell en-Nasbeh, Tell Beit … Continue reading

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“Khirbet Qeiyafa in Context”

Nadav Na’aman’s “Khirbet Qeiyafa in Context“, which was published in UF 42 (2010), 497-526, is a magnificent essay which 12 pages in says To introduce my discussion here, let me first note the obvious contradiction between the chronological data of … Continue reading

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Khirbet Qeiyafa Lectures

From the Chattanoogan- The Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Lynn Wood Auditorium, Southern Adventist University. Martin G. Klingbeil, D.Litt., will present “Ancient Near Eastern Passports: Two Stamp Seals from … Continue reading

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New Photos from Lachish, Khirbet Qeiyafa, and Gath

On the Tel Aviv University FB page.  Some great photos, all worth seeing!

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LandMinds and The ‘City of David’ and the ‘Elah Fortress’

From their Facebook page- This week on LandMinds… (September 7, 2011) – we’re off on another road trip – this time to the Elah Fortress (Kh. Qeiyafa). Barnea and I take a look at this year’s results – and review … Continue reading

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Khirbet Qeiyafa in the News

Here at CNN they’ve done a video segment that’s worth viewing.  In case you’ve not seen it before (because they’ve run it before, so I’m not sure at all why they’re doing it again today).

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Holy Land Grabs (via Sects and Violence in the Ancient World)

Steve shares some very good thoughts on the misuse of archaeology for political purposes. Civilization began in the “Middle East.” Ever since then, it has been a struggle to keep it together. One of the sad realities of the last … Continue reading

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‘Finding’ the City of David? CNN Blows it Again

Why can’t the press manage to get anything right?  Are journalists really so ignorant that they can’t pick up a phone and say to someone ‘hey, check this over and let me know if it’s right, ok?’  Come ON! Joseph … Continue reading

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Finkelstein v. Garfinkel: The Extent of the ‘Davidic Kingdom’

Ha’aretz has an article today many will be interested in (and noted by Antonio). Did David rule a powerful kingdom, as the Bible would have us believe? Or was the so-called kingdom merely a small tribal entity? Prof. Yossi Garfinkel … Continue reading

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