Friday, December 19, 2008

Once in Royal David's City

Yah. Seems that the modern minimalists not only disagree with the New Testament--they also disagree with the Old, specifically the reign of David and Solomon.


Oh, really?

In sum, an archaeological dig at Khirbet Qeiyafa, which was reported on a few months ago by the New York Times, is turning out finds that are rocking the scholarly community. And, while at the time, the New York Times reported that only a small piece of the site had been excavated, information is pouring out that even more striking evidence has been uncovered.

...Evidence at Khirbet Qeiyafa suggests that in fact there was a massive political force in the land of Israel in the 10th century [BC]. Aside from artifacts, and pottery, writing has even been found, shattering just about everything many scholars thought they knew about the development and spread of literacy. Carbon-14 dating is really making this a discovery hard to dismiss as significant.

The discovery involves the excavation of what apparently was a heavily fortified structure...Yosef Garfinkel from Hebrew University is leading the dig. The New York Times article quotes him as saying:

“There were 500 people inside. This was the main road to Jerusalem, the key strategic site to protect the kingdom of Jerusalem. If they built a fortification here, it was a real kingdom, pointing to urban cities and a centralized authority in Judah in the 10th century B.C.”

Another "myth" bites the dust--literally.

HT: Insight

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