Tag: Tel Dan Inscription

The Tel Dan inscription, or "House of David" inscription, was discovered in 1993 at the site of Tel Dan in northern Israel in an excavation directed by Israeli archaeologist Avraham Biran. The broken and fragmentary inscription commemorates the victory of an Aramean king over his two southern neighbors: the “king of Israel” and the “king of the House of David.” What made the Tel Dan inscription one of the most exciting Biblical archaeology discoveries for scholars and the broader public was its unprecedented reference to the “House of David.” The stela’s fragmented inscription, first read and translated by the renowned epigrapher Joseph Naveh, proved that King David from the Bible was a genuine historical figure and not simply the fantastic literary creation of later Biblical writers and editors.

The Shema‘ Yisrael

08/15 | In BAR, Armin Lange and Esther Eshel discuss a Jewish amulet that contains one of the earliest monotheistic readings of Deuteronomy.   Read more…

Posted in Biblical Artifacts.

Which Altar Was the Right One in Ancient Israelite Religion?

08/13 | What do Iron Age altars tell us about Biblical sacrifices and worship in ancient Israelite religion?   Read more…

Posted in Ancient Israel, Daily Life and Practice.

The Renewed Excavations at Tel Dan

07/29 | After a four-year hiatus, the Hebrew Union College is back excavating at Tel Dan, the site where the famous Tel Dan inscription—the first extra-Biblical evidence of King David—was discovered.   Read more…

Posted in Archaeology Today.

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