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  • Rare 3,000-year-old King David era seal discovered by Temple Mount Sifting Project

    10/04/2015 8:26:21 AM PDT · by · 33 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | By DANIEL K. EISENBUD
    A rare 3,000-year-old seal, from the time of King David in the 10th century BCE, was recently discovered by a 10-year-old Russian volunteer at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Sifting Project. Dr. Gabriel Barkay, co-founder and director of the project – which sifts through thousands of tons of illegally removed earth from the contested holy site in 1999 by the Wakf religious trust to build a mosque – said that the finding is unprecedented. “The seal is the first of its kind to be found in Jerusalem,” said Barkay, a world-renowned archaeologist and Israel Prize laureate, who has led the project for...
  • Temple Mount Project Finds Rare Seal from King David Era [Psalm 85]

    09/26/2015 4:43:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 17 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 9/25/2015 | Ben Ariel
    A rare 3,000 year-old seal dating to the period of kings David and Solomon of the 10th century BCE was recently discovered at the Temple Mount Sifting Project in Jerusalem. According to Dr. Gabriel Barkay, co-founder and director of the Temple Mount Sifting Project, the seal is the first of its kind to be found in the Israeli capital. “The dating of the seal corresponds to the historical period of the Jebusites and the conquest of Jerusalem by King David, as well as the construction of the Temple and the royal official compound by his son, King Solomon… What makes...
  • Archaeologists Unearth Another Impressive Biblical Find

    08/06/2015 8:46:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/06/2015 | Chris Queen
    Science continues to prove the Bible on a regular basis. This time, archaeologists from Bar-Ilan University in Israel have uncovered what appears to be the hometown of the giant Goliath. The town, called Gath, was occupied until the ninth century B.C. In biblical accounts, the Philistines — the mortal enemies of the Israelites — ruled the city. The Old Testament also describes Gath as the home of Goliath, the giant warrior whom the Israelite King David felled with a slingshot.The new findings reveal just how impressive the ancient Philistine city once was, said lead archaeologist of the current excavation,...
  • Discovery of official clay seals support existence of biblical kings David and Solomon...

    12/17/2014 10:07:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Science Daily ^ | December 16, 2014 | Mississippi State University
    Six official clay seals found by an archaeological team at a small site in Israel offer evidence that supports the existence of biblical kings David and Solomon. Many modern scholars dismiss David and Solomon as mythological figures and believe no kingdom could have existed in the region at the time the Bible recounted their activities. The new finds provide evidence that some type of government activity was conducted there in that period.A Mississippi State University team found this bulla, or ancient clay seal, on a dig site in southern Israel last summer. It offers evidence of government activity in the...
  • Israeli Archaeologist Says He Has Found King David's Legendary Citadel

    05/06/2014 6:48:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/06/2014 | DANIEL ESTRIN
    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli archaeologist says he has found the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem, rekindling a longstanding debate about using the Bible as a field guide to identifying ancient ruins. The claim by Eli Shukron, like many such claims in the field of biblical archaeology, has run into criticism. It joins a string of announcements by Israeli archaeologists saying they have unearthed palaces of the legendary biblical king, who is revered in Jewish religious tradition for establishing Jerusalem as its central holy city — but who has long eluded historians looking for...
  • Israeli says he has found King David’s citadel

    05/06/2014 12:01:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2014 2:27 AM EDT | Daniel Estrin
    An Israeli archaeologist says he has found the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem, rekindling a longstanding debate about using the Bible as a field guide to identifying ancient ruins. The claim by Eli Shukron, like many such claims in the field of biblical archaeology, has run into criticism. It joins a string of announcements by Israeli archaeologists saying they have unearthed palaces of the legendary biblical king, who is revered in Jewish religious tradition for establishing Jerusalem as its central holy city—but who has long eluded historians looking for clear-cut evidence of his existence...
  • Canaanite Fortress Discovered in the City of David

    04/07/2014 7:21:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Bible Archaeology ^ | April 7, 2014
    A massive 3,800-year-old fortress that protected the Gihon Spring was uncovered in the City of David. Photo: Eli Mandelbaum, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.Excavations around the Gihon Spring in the City of David have uncovered a massive 3,800-year-old fortress. Called the “Spring Citadel” by archaeologists, the discovery is part of a 15-year excavation led by Professor Ronny Reich of the University of Haifa and Eli Shukrun of the Israel Antiquities Authority. This enormous 18th-century B.C.E. structure that isolates and protects the Gihon Spring is believed to be the fortress described in the Book of Samuel that King David...
  • The 3,000-year-old inscription that could prove Old Testament stories are TRUE

    01/28/2014 6:31:03 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 52 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 27 January 2014 | MARK PRIGG
    A small fragment of ancient pottery researchers believe shows the first wine label could prove that the reigns of King Solomon and King David actually occurred. The 10th century BC 'Ophel Inscription' was unearthed last year, and scientists were initially baffled by the bizarre language that was inscribed on the remains of a jug. A new translation reveals the contents of a jar was 'lousy' plonk intended for slaves - and sheds new light on society at the time. The label dates from second half of the 10th Century BC and was discovered in the Ophel area of Jerusalem, south...
  • Message decoded: 3,000-year-old text sheds light on biblical history

    08/05/2013 7:36:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies ^ | July 31, 2013/ | Sasha Bogursky/
    First discovered near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem last year, the 10th century B.C. fragment has been labeled the Ophel Inscription. It likely bears the name of the jug's owners and its contents. If Petrovich's analysis proves true, it would be evidence of the accuracy of Old Testament tales. If Hebrew as a written language existed in the 10th century, as he says, the ancient Israelites were recording their history in real time as opposed to writing it down several hundred years later.
  • Archaeologists say they uncovered King David's Palace

    07/19/2013 8:48:47 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 18 July 2013
    Archaeologists in Jerusalem claim to have uncovered two large buildings fit for a king -- Biblical King David, that is. But not all historians agree; one group even argues that King David was no king at all. Over the past year, archaeologists have excavated a site that they believe to be the fortified Judean city of Shaarayim, where David smote Goliath as described in the Bible. "The ruins are the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David," said professors Yossi Garfinkel of Hebrew University and Saar Ganor, who led the excavations. "This is indisputable proof...
  • Archeologist Says New Finds Support Bible's Accuracy

    05/28/2012 11:45:52 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 4 replies
    Israel Today Magazine ^ | May 15, 2012 | Ryan Jones
    A Hebrew University archeologist says finds at a new dig site near Jerusalem are backing up the biblical narrative of an Israelite kingdom centered on Jerusalem in 1000 BC, around the time of King David and his son, King Solomon. Professor Yosef Garfinkel has been digging at Khirbet Qeiyafa near the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh since 2007. Carbon dating of unearthed olive pits has put the period of activity at Khirbet Qeiyafa at 1020 BC - 980 BC, almost exactly the period of time the Bible says David and Solomon were active in the region. The dating, together with...
  • EDITORIAL: An old soldier who won’t fade away

    09/01/2011 4:42:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 1, 2011 | Editorial
    Obama is outclassed and outsmarted by retiring Gen. PetraeusGen. David H. Petraeus closed his phenomenal 37-year Army career this week with a joint review at Fort Myer in Arlington. Service members from every branch were present, and flags of all 50 states fluttered in the breeze. A substantial crowd had come to hear the general’s farewell address. Many were classmates from the West Point Class of 1974, smartly attired but enthusiastic and occasionally whooping like they were cadets. Others were people with whom he had served over his storied career, whom he recognized from the dais during his speech. The...
  • 2nd Jewish Temple just 'waiting to be unearthed'

    06/07/2011 3:55:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 05, 2011 | unattributed
    One of the most prominent Israeli archaeologists declared today that remains from the First and Second Jewish Temple period -- including the Second Temple itself -- lie underneath the Temple Mount surface, just waiting to be excavated... Mazar said she is "absolutely sure" remains from the First and Second Temple periods, including "the Second Temple itself," as well as later remains from the Byzantine and early Islamic periods, are just under the surface of the Temple Mount... Mazar has led digs that discovered multiple Temple-era remains, including a tunnel used by the Israelites to conquer Jerusalem, as well as the...
  • King David Era Pottery Shard Supports Biblical Narrative

    01/08/2010 10:11:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1,143+ views
    INN ^ | 1/8/10 | Avi Yellin
    ( A breakthrough in the research of the Hebrew Scriptures has shed new light on the period in which the Bible books of the Prophets were written. Professor Gershon Galil of the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa has deciphered an inscription dating from the 10th century BCE (the period of King David’s reign) and has proven the inscription to be ancient Hebrew, thus making it the earliest known example of Hebrew writing. The significance of this breakthrough relates to the fact that at least some of the Biblical scriptures are now proven to have been composed...
  • Story of King David Sets Base for New NBC Series..

    A modern-day retelling of the biblical story of King David will be premiering on NBC next month as a network television series. “Kings,” created by Michael Green (“Heroes,” “Everwood”), centers on the drama surrounding David Shepherd, a young soldier in the war-torn country of Gilboa, who will rise to fame after inspiring the nation through his fearless rescue of the king’s son. Amid Shepherd's thrust toward destiny and peace for the kingdom, however, the country's power players will go to great lengths to see him fall, blurring the line between his allies and enemies. It’s “the new coming from the...
  • MK Candidate Dr. Ben Ari: Follow King David's Advice on Gaza

    01/02/2009 1:10:24 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 345+ views
    ( Rabbi Dr. Michael Ben-Ari, the Number Four man on the National Union's Knesset list, thinks the leaders of Israel should follow King David's advice from the Eighteenth Psalm regarding Gaza: "I will chase my enemies and catch up to them and I shall not return until I annihilate them." "This should be the slogan of every leader and IDF commander," he said. "The enemy must know that whoever raises his hand on Israel, we will teach him a lesson and annihilate him as well as all his helpers and supporters, and only thus will we take out their will...
  • The man who owns 2008 (Nope, not Obama. It's Petraeus)

    12/31/2008 10:15:17 AM PST · by saganite · 21 replies · 1,311+ views
    News & Observer ^ | Dec. 31, 2008 | Rick Martinez
    Barack Obama is a lock as the Man of the Year. His election to the presidency is the story of the year. If popularity is the measure, those choices are hard to contest. However, if significance is the yardstick, then the 2008 crown goes to Gen. David Petraeus, former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and current head of CENTCOM. Not only is his defeat of the Iraqi insurgency the story of the year, how he achieved it is the most underreported story of the year. I didn't come to this conclusion by comparing achievements. I compared the consequences of...
  • Oldest Hebrew Text Discovered at King David's Border Fortress

    10/31/2008 9:37:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 804+ views
    arutz 7 ^ | 10-31-08 | Gil Ronen
    ( Archaeologists have discovered what they say is the oldest Hebrew text ever found, at a site they believe was King David's front line fortress in the war against the people of Pleshet, also known as the Philistines. The site overlooks the Elah Valley, where the young David slew Goliath, the Philistine giant, with a well-aimed shot from a sling. The text is written in ink on a pottery shard. It is made up of five lines of text in Proto-Canaanite characters separated by lines. The discovery, by archaeologists Prof. Yossi Garfinkel and Sa'ar Ganor of Hebrew University, is being...
  • Oldest Possibly Hebrew Inscription Possibly Found

    10/30/2008 12:48:50 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 22 replies · 570+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 30, 2008 | AP
    ...The five lines of faded characters written 3,000 years ago, and the ruins of the fortified settlement where they were found, are indications that a powerful Israelite kingdom existed at the time of the Old Testament's King David, says Yossi Garfinkel, the Hebrew University archaeologist in charge of the new dig at Hirbet Qeiyafa...
  • Archeologist finds 3,000-year old Hebrew text

    10/30/2008 6:37:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies · 1,644+ views
    CNN ^ | October 30, 2008
    An Israeli archaeologist has discovered what he says is the earliest-known Hebrew text, found on a shard of pottery that dates to the time of King David from the Old Testament, about 3,000 years ago. Professor Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem says the inscribed pottery shard -- known as an ostracon -- was found during excavations of a fortress from the 10th century BC. Carbon dating of the ostracon, along with pottery analysis, dates the inscription to time of King David, about a millennium earlier than the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the university said. The shard contains...
  • General Petraeus vs US House Armed Services Committee LIVE THREAD

    04/09/2008 6:11:38 AM PDT · by tgslTakoma · 86 replies · 173+ views
    I didn't see a live thread up yet for the Wednesday House hearings, so here it is.
  • Petreaus' Anaconda

    04/09/2008 4:06:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 294+ views ^ | April 9, 2008 | Austin Bay
    It's a shame Sen. Carl Levin failed to take the time to call public attention to Gen. David Petraeus' "Anaconda Strategy" chart. Petraeus briefly referred to the chart during his initial testimony this week before Levin's Senate Armed Services Committee. The Anaconda Chart is a complex graphic that depicts an intricate, multi-dimensional war. It's tough to describe even with a copy in front of you. However, the strategic concept behind Petraeus' chart (titled "Anaconda Strategy versus al-Qaida in Iraq") is dirt simple: Squeeze and keep squeezing. A commercial artist would certainly describe the chart as "too busy," but war isn't...
  • Everyone looks for Solomon, but we need David By Tom Panion

    01/19/2008 12:54:40 PM PST · by K-oneTexas · 10 replies · 103+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 19 January 2008 | Tom Panion
    January 19, 2008 Everyone looks for Solomon, but we need David By Tom Panion In this election year, people are swayed by emotion. They know what they want. They will tell anyone willing to listen what they want. But what do we need? I'm like everyone else. I want things and I want situations to be such that I can have them. And I mean everything that I want. Not just material things, though we all want those too. World peace, prosperity and an era of good feeling... Who wouldn't take those? I want people to like our country and...
  • Gaza's place in Bible's prophecies

    09/28/2007 10:53:16 AM PDT · by yankeesdoodle · 5 replies · 64+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 9-28-07 | Hal Lindsey
    The Jerusalem-based Institute for Contemporary Affairs recently released a report authored by Lt. Col. Jonathan Dahoah-Halevi that concludes, to nobody's particular surprise, that the Gaza Strip has become a haven for al-Qaida terrorists. Gaza, part of the biblical "land of the Philistines" was the place where Samson toppled the Temple of Dagon on his enemies, giving his life in the process. Gaza was first conquered for Israel by King David and subsequently fell to the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Babylonians, Persians and Greeks. But in the days of King David, it was part of Israel. In Jesus' day, it was...
  • LIVE THREAD: Gen. Petraeus Before Congress

    09/10/2007 9:03:16 AM PDT · by CaptRon · 3,221 replies · 96,674+ views
    Fox News ^ | 9/10/07 | Live
    Gen. Petraeus' report to Congress
  • IS JESUS THE MESSIAH? A Rich Host Of Clues From The Codes [V Fascinating article--Qx]

    04/01/2007 10:45:04 PM PDT · by Quix · 24 replies · 694+ views
    [Qx note: color, bold emphases are added as usual, by Quix. Black emphases are in the original. Quite a number of black bolds in the original were left out to save time.] IS JESUS THE MESSIAH? A Rich Host of Clues From The Codes Could Bible codes possibly add anything definitive to the two-millennia-long controversy over Christian claims that Jesus of Nazareth was/is the Messiah of the Jews? As noted in the Closeness Comparisons Part 2 article in this Digest, Closeness Comparisons link: we checked out two sets of ELSs for their closeness to literal mentions of David in...
  • Archeologist: Ancient cistern proves location of Second Temple

    02/07/2007 8:20:27 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 48 replies · 1,642+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 7, 2007 23:28 | Updated Feb. 7, 2007 23:45 | ETGAR LEFKOVITS
    Feb. 7, 2007 23:28 | Updated Feb. 7, 2007 23:45 Archeologist: Ancient cistern proves location of Second Temple By ETGAR LEFKOVITS An Israeli archeologist said Wednesday that he has pinpointed the exact location of the Second Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. The site identified by Hebrew University archeologist Prof. Joseph Patrich, based on the study of a large underground cistern on the Temple Mount and passages from the Mishna, places the Temple and its corresponding courtyards, chambers and gates in a more southeasterly and diagonal frame of reference compared to previous studies. Patrich based his research, which is about...
  • Fancy Temple Era Street Found in Jerusalem

    01/24/2007 2:10:28 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 7 replies · 473+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22:53 Jan 24, '07 / 5 Shevat 5767
    Fancy Temple Era Street Found in Jerusalem 22:53 Jan 24, '07 / 5 Shevat 5767 Archaeological excavations being carried out in Ir David, near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, have uncovered what is said to be one of the most impressive finds in the site: a magnificent terraced street from the Herodian era, which served pilgrims and extended 600 meters from the Shiloah (Siloam) Pool to the Temple. The store fronts and the splendid appearance of the remains have led researchers to conclude it was Jeruslem's main street in the Second Temple era. Drainage canals were exposed under the street....
  • First Temple wall found in City of David

    03/30/2007 5:47:35 AM PDT · by Dirtysnowbank · 48 replies · 483+ views ^ | March 30, 2007
    First Temple wall found in City of David A wall from the First Temple was recently uncovered in Jerusalem's City of David, strengthening the claim that it is the site of the palace of King David. The new find, made by Dr. Eilat Mazar, a senior fellow at the Shalem Center's Institute for the Archeology of the Jewish People, comes less than two years after she said she had discovered the palace's location at the site just outside the walls of the Old City. The monumental 10th century BCE building found by Mazar in 2005 following a six month dig...
  • Ramping Up the Violence: The truth about the Temple Mount controversy

    02/22/2007 10:00:12 AM PST · by Caleb1411 · 14 replies · 804+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 02/26/2007 | David Gelernter
    Israeli government authorities are building a ramp to allow non-Muslims to reach the enormous platform atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The old access ramp was condemned as unsafe and torn down several years ago. The interim ramp that replaced it was designed for short-term service only. (Muslims control the Temple Mount and therefore have their own private access routes.) The new ramp is controversial. Some ramp must be built or non-Muslims will have no way to reach the Mount; but leading Israeli archaeologists say that the ramp under construction is badly placed and ought to be someplace else. This...
  • The New York Times Bashes The Jews

    08/10/2005 6:33:39 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 50 replies · 1,768+ views
    FrontPageMag.Com ^ | 8/10/'05 | Barry Rubin
    For several years I have watched the revival of antisemitism with growing dismay. Then along comes Steve Erlanger’s article in the New York Times, regarded by itself and many of its readers—especially Jewish ones—as the world’s greatest newspaper. He writes about an Israeli archaeologist who has uncovered the ruins of an important two-thousand-year-old building which, she asserts, was part of King David’s palace. Maybe she is right; maybe not. Archaeologists are not certain; more evidence and study is no doubt necessary. That is how science works. We are then informed, accurately, that archaeologists are debating whether David’s kingdom was a...
  • Q&A on the Temple Mount with Dr. Eilat Mazar

    02/15/2007 5:09:11 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies · 393+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2-15-07 | Dr. Eilat Mazar
    Q&A on the Temple Mount with Dr. Eilat MazarDr. Eilat MazarPhoto: Dr. Eilat Mazar ExpeditionExcavations on the Mughrabi ramp near the Temple Mount, Jerusalem Old City, Sunday.Photo: Ariel JerozolimskiRenowned archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University and the Shalem Center answers readers' questions about the Mughrabi Gate dispute and the status of the Temple Mount in recent years. Of the hundreds of questions received, here are 20 which encompass the major issues at hand.John, Hong Kong: The Muslims claim the Mughrabi dig is within their holy site. Israel says it's nowhere near. Is it at all possible to answer...
  • Present-day Sanhedrin court seeks to revive ancient Temple rituals (PETA Alert!)

    03/01/2007 6:27:56 AM PST · by NYer · 36 replies · 1,883+ views
    Haaretz ^ | March 1, 2007 | Nadav Shragai,
    The present-day Sanhedrin Court decided Tuesday to purchase a herd of sheep for ritual sacrifice at the site of the Temple on the eve of Passover, conditions on the Temple Mount permitting. The modern Sanhedrin was established several years ago and is headed by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. It claims to be renewing the ancient Jewish high court, which existed until roughly 1600 years ago, and meets once a week. Professor Hillel Weiss, a member of the Sanhedrin, told Haaretz on Tuesday that the action, even if merely symbolic, is designed to demonstrate in a way that is obvious to all...
  • Islamic Movement: Suspicious digging under Temple Mount

    01/22/2007 4:47:01 AM PST · by Alouette · 45 replies · 1,766+ views
    YNet ^ | Jan. 22, 2007 | Roee Nahmias
    Group raises charges that religious Jewish groups are making moves to construct Third Temple. Israel Antiquities Authority: There were no excavations, there are none, and none are planned Roee Nahmias Published: 01.22.07, 07:44 Israel has been digging underneath the al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, with the aim of constructing the Third Temple, the chairman of the Islamic Movement in Israel charged. “This digging is a very dangerous phase in the mosque’s history,” Sheikh Raed Salah said in a statement. The Islamic Movement in Israel considers itself responsible for “safeguarding the Temple Mount mosques,” and organizes transports to Friday prayers...

    03/20/2007 9:45:07 PM PDT · by Weight of Glory · 60 replies · 1,440+ views
    Rules of engagement (ROE), highly criticized as being too restrictive and sometimes endangering our troops, have been "clarified." "There were unintended consequences with ROE for too long," Petraeus acknowledged. Because of what junior leaders perceived as too harsh punishment meted out to troops acting in the heat of battle, the ROE issued from the top commanders were second-guessed and made more restrictive by some on the ground. The end result was unnecessary - even harmful - restrictions placed on the troops in contact with the enemy. "I've made two things clear," Petraeus emphasized: "My ROE may not be modified with...
  • Has King David's spa been uncovered?

    10/08/2006 9:52:21 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 1,249+ views
    Ynet ^ | 10/7/06 | Ofer Petersburg
    There's a buzz of excitement among archeologists. In recent days, archeological digs in Jerusalem revealed a tunnel that, according to a number of estimates, leads to a pool used by King David. The digs, which have been underway for years, are located in David's City, west of the Wailing Wall. A year ago, archeologists discovered a pool from the days of the Second Temple that had been used by pilgrims to Jerusalem, to refresh them after their long journey. Recently, the edge of a tunnel was discovered in the digs. Archeologists posit that it leads to a pool, originally located...
  • Old Testament Dispute Continues

    08/05/2006 12:35:23 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 1,346+ views
    Decaur Daily ^ | Richard N Ostling
    Old Testament dispute continuesWas King David Judaism's King Arthur? By Richard N. Ostling AP Religion WriterAP Photo/Biblical Archaeology Review by Thomas E. Levy American archaeologist/educator Nelson Glueck's suggestions that a gate lay buried at the entrance to the Iron Age fortress of Khirbat en-Nahas were recently realized when archaeologists discovered a four-chamber gate (only two have been excavated). Radiocarbon dating fixed the date of its construction to the 10th century. Some scholars are busily debunking the Bible's account of the great King David, asking: Was he really all that great? Was he largely legendary, Judaism's version of Britain's legendary King...
  • King David’s Palace Found in East Jerusalem?

    02/24/2006 9:09:21 AM PST · by restornu · 6 replies · 439+ views
    taipeitimes ^ | 2006 01 05 | By Robert Morley
    Does an amazing new discovery show that the Bible is supported by science? Many archeologists are calling the latest Israeli archeological discovery “the find of the century” (Canadian Jewish News, October 20). Eilat Mazar, an Israeli archeologist, is claiming to have unearthed, in East Jerusalem, the palace of biblical King David. King David was the 10th century b.c. poet-warrior and slayer of Goliath, whom the Bible says consolidated and expanded the ancient Israelite kingdom into a regional power. In approximately 1000 b.c., King David conquered Jerusalem from the Jebusites (Washington Post, December 2), and subsequently made it his capital....
  • Biblical Pool of Siloam uncovered in Jerusalem

    02/24/2006 7:45:58 AM PST · by restornu · 41 replies · 562+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Tuesday, August 09, 2005 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
    Workers repairing a sewage pipe in the old city of Jerusalem have discovered the biblical Pool of Siloam, a freshwater reservoir that was a major gathering place for ancient Jews making religious pilgrimages to the city and the reputed site where Jesus cured a man blind from birth, according to the Gospel of John. The pool was fed by the now-famous Hezekiah's Tunnel and is "a much grander affair" than archaeologists previously believed, with three tiers of stone stairs allowing easy access to the water, according to Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archeology Review, which reported the find yesterday. "Scholars...
  • Raiders of the Lost Pool [of Siloam] New finds bolster the historicity of John's Gospel

    10/27/2005 7:10:00 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 4 replies · 456+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 10/26/05 | Gordon Govier
    The Pool of Siloam, considered a metaphor in John's Gospel by some New Testament scholars, was in fact a huge basin at the lowest point in the city of Jerusalem. Recent excavations have uncovered two corners and one side of the pool that stretched for half the length of a football field. "It's very exciting," James Charlesworth, a professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, told CT. "It's very important for the study of the New Testament." Some Johannine experts have suggested the story in John 9 of the blind man whom Jesus healed and told to wash in...
  • True size of Pool of Siloam discovered due to sewer blockage

    12/24/2005 5:21:37 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 248+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Fri., December 23, 2005 Kislev 22, 5766 | Nadav Shragai
    Reich says the area of the City of David has become the most excavated area in the country. "We are the 12th expedition to work here, and in no small way it is thanks to the contributions that flow in to the project from the Elad association. They may be disagreed with politically, but without them we would not have been able to make the dramatic discoveries of recent years here, in the place where Jerusalem began, where the story began of the Jewish people in this land."
  • Possible wall of King David's Palace unearthed in Jersulam

    12/06/2005 6:02:09 PM PST · by Liberty1970 · 41 replies · 1,995+ views
    Amazing discovery in heart of biblical Jerusalem By: DAVID HAZONY Special to the CJN Recent archaeological find, thought by some to be the biblical palace built by King David, stirs controversy over the right of the Jewish people to claim Jerusalem. In what many archaeologists hail as the potential find of the century, remains of a massive structure dating to the time of King David have been discovered in the heart of biblical Jerusalem. Eilat Mazar, the Israeli archaeologist leading the excavation, has suggested that it may, in fact, be the palace built by David as described in the Bible....
  • Amazing discovery in heart of biblical Jerusalem

    12/05/2005 6:03:20 AM PST · by NYer · 86 replies · 3,096+ views
    Cleveland Jewish News ^ | December 5, 2005 | DAVID HAZONY
    In what many archaeologists hail as the potential find of the century, remains of a massive structure dating to the time of King David have been discovered in the heart of biblical Jerusalem. Eilat Mazar, the Israeli archaeologist leading the excavation, has suggested that it may, in fact, be the palace built by David as described in the Bible. The discovery has shaken the already contentious field of biblical archaeology to its roots: For the last few years, a number of respected archaeologists n most prominently Israel Finkelstein, chairman of Tel Aviv University’s archaeology department and author of the 2001...
  • A Dig Into Jerusalem's Past Fuels Present-Day Debates [Palace of King David Found]

    12/02/2005 8:43:25 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 24 replies · 1,379+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 2, 2005 | Scott Wilson
    Down the slope from the Old City's Dung Gate, rows of thick stone walls, shards of pottery and other remains of an expansive ancient building are being exhumed from a dusty pit. The site is on a narrow terrace at the edge of the Kidron Valley, which sheers away from the Old City walls, in a cliffside area the Bible describes as the seat of the kings of ancient Israel. What is taking shape in the rocky earth, marked by centuries of conquest and development, is as contested as the neighborhood of Arabs and Jews encircling the excavation. But the...
  • Kings David & Solomon Were Muslims

    11/21/2005 5:31:54 PM PST · by SJackson · 160 replies · 3,403+ views
    IMRA ^ | 11-21-05
    MEMRI: Jordanian Prof/Terrorist on Saudi Al-Majd TV: Kings David & Solomon Were Muslims Special Dispatch - Saudi Arabia/Antisemitism Documentation Project November 22, 2005 No. 1030 Jordanian Professor/Terrorist on Saudi Al-Majd TV Says Kings David & Solomon Were Muslims Who Today Would Have Fought Israel, Supports Leading Holocaust Denier On November 13, 2005, Saudi Al-Majd TV aired an interview with Jordanian lecturer on religious law Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nawfal. In the interview, Nawfal discussed Armageddon and quoted Roger Garoudy. Sheikh Dr. Nawfal is a lecturer at the Shari'a Faculty of the University of Jordan, and was associated with Sheikh 'Abdallah 'Azzam,...
  • Vatican: Parts of David’s Tomb to Be Under Papal Control

    10/20/2005 10:54:32 AM PDT · by Alouette · 32 replies · 1,068+ views
    Israel National News ^ | Oct. 20, 2005 | Naomi Grossman
    An official Vatican newspaper has reported that during his upcoming visit to the Vatican, President Moshe Katsav will sign an agreement giving parts of David’s Tomb over to papal control. If such an agreement is signed, it will put an end to drawn out negotiations that began in 1998. Israeli and Vatican representatives began discussing issues of jurisdiction over certain sites around seven years ago. These sites include various buildings and parcels of land that the Catholic church claims it used to control. The church is now seeking to reclaim its ownership of these sites. Among the places under debate...
  • Biblical palace found (?) near Old City (King David's Palace)

    10/15/2005 4:51:06 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 43 replies · 3,487+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | 10/14/05 | David Hazony
    The field of biblical archeology has been rocked, so to speak, by dramatic new finds in the heart of ancient Jerusalem. For the last few years, a number of respected archaeologists have posited that the biblical accounts of Jerusalem as the seat of a powerful, unified monarchy under the rule of David and Solomon are essentially false. The most prominent of these is Israel Finkelstein, chairman of Tel Aviv University’s archeology department, whose 2001 book, "The Bible Unearthed," written together with Neal Asher Silberman, became an international best seller. The lynchpin of his argument was the absence of clear evidence...
  • Is This The Palace of King David ? Archeologists Debate New Discovery

    09/09/2005 12:19:46 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 32 replies · 1,464+ views ^ | 9/8/2005 | Ran Shapira
    A debate of biblical proportions By Ran Shapira The recently ended season of excavations at the top of the City of David slope was accompanied by much excitement. With every passing day, more and more parts of an enormous building were unearthed. Dr. Eilat Mazar, the archaeologist in charge of the site, believes this could be the palace King David built after conquering Jerusalem from the Jebusites. The discovery has stirred up the old argument among archaeologists as to whether the events described in the Bible in fact occurred, and in this context, the importance and greatness of David himself....

    08/20/2005 6:09:30 PM PDT · by gscc · 9 replies · 4,047+ views ^ | August 17, 05
    RECENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES IN ISRAEL PERTAIN TO KING DAVID, JESUS Aug 17, 05 | 4:55 pm Working a short distance from each other near Jerusalem's Old City, archaeologists have made two major discoveries in recent months, one pertaining to King David and the other to Jesus.
  • King David's Palace Is Found, Archaeologist Says

    08/05/2005 11:51:57 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 134 replies · 4,693+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 5, 2005 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    An Israeli archaeologist says she has uncovered in East Jerusalem what may be the fabled palace of the biblical King David. Her work has been sponsored by a conservative Israeli research institute and financed by an American Jewish investment banker who would like to prove that Jerusalem was indeed the capital of the Jewish kingdom described in the Bible. Other scholars are skeptical that the foundation walls discovered by the archaeologist, Eilat Mazar, are David's palace. But they acknowledge that what she has uncovered is rare and important: a major public building from around the 10th century B.C., with pottery...