Archaeological find stirs debate on David’s kingdom
Archaeologists at a controversial site in the Elah Valley announced Tuesday a discovery that should further stir up the scholarly debate over the Bible’s historical veracity.
Two small containers, one of clay and one of stone, unearthed at Khirbet Qeiyafa near Beit Shemesh, are believed to be the first-ever archaeological evidence of Judean ritual dating from the time of David, about the 10th century B.C.E. Furthermore, the models resemble the description of Solomon’s Temple in the biblical Book of Kings.
The ruin known as Khirbet Qeiyafa, on a rocky slope overlooking the Elah Valley in Israel’s western lowlands, contains remnants of a walled city dating back 3,000 years. Khirbet Qeiyafa, archaeologists say, is the first proof of the existence of a regional government during the time of David. Read more.