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 Doorways of Solomon’s Temple

06/26 | In the Bible, the inner shrine of Solomon’s Temple is described as having five mezuzot. What are they? The question has puzzled Biblical scholars for centuries. Does a recently discovered   Read more…

Posted in Artifacts and the Bible, Hebrew Bible, Temple at Jerusalem.

Lawrence of Arabia as Archaeologist

06/22 | While the real T.E. Lawrence was not exactly like the character in the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia, he was, nevertheless, one of the most colorful figures to emerge from   Read more…

Posted in Archaeologists, Biblical Scholars & Works.

An Iron Age Royal at Abel Beth Maacah?

06/15 | A ninth-century B.C.E. faience head discovered at Abel Beth Maacah in northern Israel may represent an important figure in the Iron Age—a dignitary, elite person, or even a king.   Read more…

Posted in News, Ancient Israel.

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