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

09/10 | 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 Biblical Artifacts, Artifacts and the Bible, Inscriptions.

Herod the Great and the Herodian Family Tree

08/14 | See a visualization of the Herodian family tree and key events in the New Testament related to members of the Herodian family.   Read more…

Posted in People in the Bible.

The Göbekli Tepe Ruins and the Origins of Neolithic Religion

08/09 | The massive stone enclosures of the Göbekli Tepe ruins may be the earliest examples of Neolithic religion.   Read more…

Posted in The Ancient Near Eastern World.


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