King Solomon-era Palace Found in Biblical Gezer
September 1, 2016 By The Fellowship Facts and Findings
Archaeologists just discovered a palatial building in the city of Gezer, Israel, and believe the building dates to the time of King Solomon. While they don’t know yet if any Israelite kings lived in the palace,this new discovery gives evidence to a few biblical passages.
The monumental building dates to the 10th century BCE, the era associated with King Solomon, who is famed for bringing wealth and stability to the newly-united kingdom of Israel and Judah. The American archaeological team also found a layer featuring Philistine pottery, lending credence to the biblical account of them living in the city until being vanquished by King David…
The newly discovered palace is west of the so-called Solomonic Gate, a six chambered inner gate, although it is doubtful that a Jerusalemite king actually spent time at Gezer. The excavation team calls the building “Solomon’s Palace” because of the biblical tradition of Solomon building grand projects at Hatzor, Megiddo, and Gezer (1 Kings 9:15: “And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised; for to build the house of the Lord, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer”).
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