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#1    Karlis

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 07:03 AM

Archaeological find stirs debate on David's kingdom

Two small containers unearthed at Khirbet Qeiyafa are believed to be the first-ever archaeological evidence of Judean ritual dating from the time of David, about the 10th century B.C.E.
By Asaf Shtull-Trauring

Archaeologists at a controversial site in the Elah Valley Tuesday announced a discovery that should further stir up the scholarly debate over the Bible's historical veracity.

Two small containers, one of clay and one of stone, unearthed at Khirbet Qeiyafa near Beit Shemesh, are believed to be the first-ever archaeological evidence of Judean ritual dating from the time of David, about the 10th century B.C.E.
Source: http://www.haaretz.c...ingdom-1.429087


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Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:31 AM

I think "Judean ritual dating" is missing a comma and should be a Judean ritual, dating from.....
Otherwise we are stuck with a Judean ritual dating....and in aussie slang thats the same as a ritual goosing :blush:

Edited by jules99, 11 May 2012 - 09:41 AM.


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Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:34 AM

Interesting article, Karlis.

On the scholarly opinion that the Israelites derived from a tribe of Canaanites (rather than entered the region via the biblical Exodus), it would make sense the biblical proscriptions, such as the one against idolatry, had their beginnings in the proto-Israelite cultic practices. While Qeiyafa might not be evidence of a Davidic Kingdom (and, imo, it is not), it might be one of the earlier proto-Israelite sites.

While still essentially Canaanite, the lack of figurines might indicate an early separation of the proto-Israelite culture from the rest of the Canaanites.

Edited by Leonardo, 11 May 2012 - 09:35 AM.

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