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.

Meet the House of David at the Met

11/05 | Through January 4, 2015, the Tel Dan Stela and other treasures from the ancient Near East are on display in the exhibit Assyria to Iberia at the Met in New   Read more…

Posted in Ancient Israel, Inscriptions, News, The Ancient Near Eastern World.

The Tel Dan Inscription: The First Historical Evidence of King David from the Bible

09/17 | Few modern Biblical archaeology discoveries have attracted as much attention as the Tel Dan inscription—writing on a ninth-century B.C. stone slab (or stela) that furnished the first historical evidence of   Read more…

Posted in Artifacts and the Bible, Biblical Artifacts, Inscriptions.

Visiting the Israel Museum

08/07 | I have been to Jerusalem several times in the course of my fieldwork, ticking off the obvious sites as though working my way through a checklist: The City of David,   Read more…

Posted in Exhibits/Events, Jerusalem.

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