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Spectacular Evidence Confirming Reign of King David

Teresa Neumann : May 14, 2012 : Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

"This is the first time that archaeologists uncovered a fortified city in Judah from the time of King David. Even in Jerusalem we do not have a clear fortified city from this period. Thus, various suggestions that completely deny the Biblical tradition regarding King David and argue that he was a mythological figure, or just a leader of a small tribe, are now shown to be wrong." -Professor Yosef Garfinkel

(Jerusalem, Israel)—Professor Yosef Garfinkel, an archaeologist from Hebrew University, has reportedly uncovered "spectacular evidence confirming the reign of King David."

Stone ModelOn May 8, Garfinkel announced the discovery of artifacts found 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem in the ruins called Khirbet Qeiyafa, a city in the Kingdom of Judah adjacent to the Valley of Elah. The village is said to have existed for only about 40 years before being completely destroyed. (Israel news photo courtesy of Hebrew U.)

According to an Israel National News report, the "absence of cultic images of humans or animals in the shrines provides evidence that the local inhabitants practiced a different [religion] than that of the Canaanites or the Philistines."

It also "indicates the establishment of a state and of urban life in the region in the days of the early kings of Israel."

Said a representative from Hebrew University: "These finds strengthen the historicity of the Biblical tradition and its architectural description of the Palace and Temple of Solomon."

Professor Garfinkel said, "This is the first time that archaeologists uncovered a fortified city in Judah from the time of King David. Even in Jerusalem we do not have a clear fortified city from this period. Thus, various suggestions that completely deny the Biblical tradition regarding King David and argue that he was a mythological figure, or just a leader of a small tribe, are now shown to be wrong."



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