PAST COMES TO LIFE: Rare Biblical Discovery Traces Jewish Presence in Israel back to King David
A rare archaeological find offers fresh insight into the biblical era of King David, as recorded in Scripture, and ancient Jewish history in the Land of Israel.
A unique inscription from the time of King David was discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Valley of Elah, Israel’s Antiquity Authority (IAA) announced Tuesday.
The Valley of Elah, located near the modern city of Beit Shemesh, is famous as the spot where the Israelites were encamped when David slew the giant Philistine warrior Goliath.
“This is the first time that the name Eshba’al has appeared on an ancient inscription in the country,” Garfinkel and Ganor stated. “Eshba’al Ben Shaul, who ruled over Israel at the same time as David [when the Kingdom was divided], is known from the Bible. Eshba’al was murdered by assassins and decapitated and his head was brought to David in Hebron as described in the Book of Samuel II, chapters 3-4.”
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