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3,000-year-old palace in Israel linked to biblical King David
NBC News ^ | 7-20-13 | Allen Boyle

Posted on 07/20/2013 10:54:27 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

Israeli archaeologists say they have found the remains of a palace that they believe was a seat of power for the biblical King David — but other experts say that claim shouldn't be taken as the gospel truth.

The discovery, announced on Thursday by the Israeli Antiquities Authority, revives a debate over one of the Bible's central stories as well as the origins of the ancient Jewish state. The debate focuses on an archaeological site known as Khirbet Qeiyafa, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of Jerusalem. Khirbet Qeiyafa has been associated with the ancient city of Sha'arayim, which is mentioned several times in Jewish scriptures as Judean territory.

For seven years, archaeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the antiquities authority, or IAA, have been excavating the site — and finding ample evidence of a fortified city dating back to around 1000 B.C. That's the era when the House of David is thought to have ruled over the Israelite tribes.

On Thursday, the Hebrew University's Yosef Garfinkel and the IAA's Sa'ar Ganor announced the completion of the excavation. They said they uncovered evidence of a 10,000-square-foot (1,000-square-meter) palace in the center of Khirbet Qeiyafa, with a 100-foot-long (30-meter) protective wall. A pillared building to the north was apparently used as an administrative storeroom.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Education; History; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: antiquities; archaeology; art; godsgravesglyphs; israel; khirbetqeiyafa; letshavejerusalem; science; shaarayim

Skyview / Hebrew Univ. / IAA

This aerial picture shows what the excavators say are King David’s palace and a Byzantine-era farmhouse.

Clara Amit / IAA

Various vessels were found at the Khirbet Qeiyafa site.

1 posted on 07/20/2013 10:54:27 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping, if you haven’t seen this yet. I searched, but I couldn’t find it.


2 posted on 07/20/2013 10:55:21 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’s funny how so many relics have those little handles on them, and on both sides.


3 posted on 07/20/2013 10:57:25 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Kings get to have trees growing in their bathroom.


4 posted on 07/20/2013 10:59:10 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: Lancey Howard

I think they are beautiful. Of course, they’ve been reconstructed, but even the glue lines add charm to them.

I’m curious about the design of the amphora (I think that’s what they are called.) The wine jugs. Why are they always designed with pointed botoms? That doesn’t seem very practical to me. You can never set them down, unless they have a rack to hold them.

I guess I don’t know exactly how they are used, transported, and made. If I knew that I probably would know why they have pointed bottoms.


5 posted on 07/20/2013 11:03:45 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Looks like democrats have been running the place lately.


6 posted on 07/20/2013 11:06:35 AM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

bkmk


7 posted on 07/20/2013 11:07:08 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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Thanks afraidfortherepublic.

Archaeologists say they uncovered King David’s Palace
Fox News | 18 July 2013
Posted on 07/19/2013 8:48:47 PM PDT by Fractal Trader
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3045203/posts


8 posted on 07/20/2013 11:16:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

Thanks afraidfortherepublic.

9 posted on 07/20/2013 11:16:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I believe David reigned 40 years. Difficult to know how they can pinpoint the find to that narrow a time frame. How do they know it wasn’t the palace of Solomon, rehoboam, or for that matter Saul?

The canaanite theory sounds like a desperate attempt though to deflect it from the possibility of a Davidic king...which it very well could be.

Fascinating story...thanks.


10 posted on 07/20/2013 11:16:52 AM PDT by what's up
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it’s already a big keyword, btw:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/khirbetqeiyafa/index


11 posted on 07/20/2013 11:19:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

After it’s all cleared and ready for the public the Muzzzies will want to destroy it.


12 posted on 07/20/2013 11:20:32 AM PDT by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphora

I hope this helps!


13 posted on 07/20/2013 11:22:28 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Don't read the next sentence. You little rebel. I like you.)
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To: Monkey Face

Thank you for the excellent and informative article. The part about keeping particles suspended in liquid makes sense. I probably would have had mine designed with flat bottoms, howevr, because I wouldn’t want a sand floor in my kitchen, or dining room. LOL I liked the one at your link that was “designed for show”. Beautiful. Elegant.

And nowwe know why so many of them are found broken. These are the equivalents of today’s plastic milk jugs.


14 posted on 07/20/2013 11:35:42 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I thought the article covered everything except the actual maker of the individual units! It answered a lot of questions I had but was too lazy to look for! LOL!


15 posted on 07/20/2013 11:55:21 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Don't read the next sentence. You little rebel. I like you.)
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To: zot

King David’s palace, possibly. more than your average fixer-upper.


16 posted on 07/20/2013 12:09:33 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This is just speculation, but perhaps the wine jugs have pointed bottoms to consolidate the “leas”, or the solids that collect at the bottom of wine. Just a thought, unsupported by research, but plenty of wine-drinking!

Am Yisroel Chai!


17 posted on 07/20/2013 1:22:40 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. Possibly King David’s time, but they still need more definitive proof.


18 posted on 07/20/2013 4:56:06 PM PDT by zot
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To: left that other site

See Monkey Face’s #13.


19 posted on 07/20/2013 5:02:19 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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