Khirbet Qeiyafa Excavator to Announce New Finds from the Era of David and Solomon

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Hebrew University Professor Yosef Garfinkel

**May 8th 2012 Update: Garfinkel Announces Evidence of Cultic Activity in Judah Discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa**

The Biblical archaeology world is abuzz with anticipation over Hebrew University archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel’s press conference on Tuesday, May 8. The press release for the event promises to “announce all-new findings related to the time of Kings David and Solomon, including presentation of artifacts never before seen by the public related to construction of Solomon’s temple and palace.” The press conference will be followed by a tour of the excavation site.

Recent finds from the excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa have sparked countless scholarly debates on Biblical minimalism, low chronology, the early Israelite Monarchy and the oldest Hebrew Inscription. The May/June Biblical Archaeology Review alone features two articles focusing on the five-line Qeiyafa Ostracon excavated in 2008.


Want to learn more about cult at Khirbet Qeiyafa directly from excavation director Yosef Garfinkel? Check out the brand new DVD “The Sanctuary of Khirbet Qeiyafa.” Garfinkel’s recent dynamic lecture includes illuminating slides highlighting evidence of the city’s unique early Judahite cult.


Take the time to read up on the fascinating finds from Khirbet Qeiyafa (below) before Tuesday’s announcement, and stay tuned to Bible History Daily for more information after Garfinkel’s press conference. Update: Garfinkel Announces Evidence of Cultic Activity in Judah Discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa


Read some of the highlights on Khirbet Qeiyafa from the BAS Library before Tuesday’s announcement.

Gerard Leval “Ancient Inscription Refers to the Birth of Israelite MonarchyBiblical Archaeology Review May/June 2012.

Christopher Rollston’s “What’s the Oldest Hebrew Inscription?” Biblical Archaeology Review May/June 2012

Shanks, Hershel. “Newly Discovered: A Fortified City from King David’s Time.Biblical Archaeology Review, Jan/Feb 2009, 38-43.

Garfinkel, Yosef. “The Birth & Death of Biblical Minimalism.” Biblical Archaeology Review, May/Jun 2011, 46–53, 78.

Davies, Philip. “A Minimalist Disputes His Demise.” Biblical Archaeology Review Web Exclusive, December 2011.

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  1. Michael F. says

    Once again, I failed to see any names mentioned. This is simply a reference to a new king in a city-state and nothing more. Archaeologists will attempt to relate anything and everything to the Bible so they can maintain funding for their digs.

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