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.

Tel Gezer Water System Built by Canaanites?

11/19 | New evidence indicates that the water system at Tel Gezer in Israel may have been built by Canaanites in the Middle Bronze Age (c. 2000–1500 B.C.).   Read more…

Posted in Ancient Israel, News.

Mark and John: A Wedding at Cana—Whose and Where?

11/16 | In a guest post republished from his blog, James Tabor discusses the wedding at Cana from the Gospels of Mark and John. Whose wedding was this and why was Jesus   Read more…

Posted in Jesus/Historical Jesus, New Testament.

Which Altar Was the Right One in Ancient Israelite Religion?

11/09 | 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.

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