#1675

2019-08-28

State Formation in the 10th Century BC

With Jimmy Hardin

A recent conference allowed archaeologists to hear about the latest research into one of the most important periods in the history of Israel, the 10th century BC. A number of archaeologists are focused on this period -- the time of the biblical kings Saul, David, and Solomon -- and excavating sites along the border between Israel and the Philistines. One of those archaeologists is Jimmy Hardin, director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University. He is one of the excavators of Khirbet Summeily, a border site which is part of the Hesi Regonal Project. In this interview, we talk about why the 10th century BC is such a critical period, and what's going on there.

tags: Yosef Garfinkel Tel el-Hesi Philistines Israel King David Mississippi

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#1672

2019-08-08

Ziklag, Huqoq, and First Century Fast Food

With Clyde Billington

More news items to discuss from the many news reports in the summer issue of ARTIFAX, the biblical archaeology news magazine. Ziklag, a city associated with King David, has been tentatively identified at a dozen different locations in Israel but now finally we have the correct location, says archaeology Yosef Garfinkel. (Other archaeologists are not so sure.) More mosaic discoveries in this summer's excavations at Huqoq, at the site of a fifth century synagogue overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The mosaics depict the Exodus spring of Elim, and the four beasts of Daniel 7. We also discuss a photo from professsor Carl Rasmussen, showing a first century thermopolia, a fast food establishment excavated at Pompeii. In the first century this is where people got their food because they didn't have kitchens in their high rise apartments.

tags: Huqoq David Garfinkel Mosaic Ziklag Elim Daniel fast food thermopolia

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#1492

2015-08-20

Eshba'al's Jar and Nefertiti's Tomb

With Clyde Billington

One of the most exciting reports of discoveries and developments this year is actually about an inscription that was found in 2012. The inscription comes from the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation, directed by Yosef Garfinkel and Saar Ganor (pictured with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu). The inscription gives the name Eshba’al, a name that is found in history only one other time, in fact in the Bible-I Chron 8:33, as the fourth son of King Saul. The fact that this inscription dates to the 10th century BC, the time of David and Saul, adds more weight to the significance of the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation. This is the fourth 10th century inscription found in just the last half dozen years or so, before which there were none. On the second half of this program, featuring my ARTIFAX co-editor Clyde Billington, we discuss reports that archaeologist Nicholas Reeves believes he has found evidence that the tomb of King Tutahnkamen has more chambers, and that he thinks the evidence also suggests that King Tut’s tomb was actually, originally, the tomb of Nefertiti, Tut’s stepmother. This is an interesting story to keep an eye on.

tags: Khirbet Qeiyafa 10th century inscriptions Eshbaal Garfinkel Nefertiti Tutankhamen

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#1338

2012-07-11

Khirbet Qeiyafa Shrines, part three

With Prof. Steve Ortiz

Excavations for 2012 continue at Khirbet Qeiyafa, an important Iron Age site overlooking the Elah Valley in Israel. Just a few weeks ago, archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel announced some of the most exciting finds of 2011, a couple of small, portable shrines. What do these shrines have to say about the Israelite monarchy and the Israelite religion of 3,000 years ago? In this program we continue our discussion of the significance of the shrines and the Qeiyafa excavation with Steve Ortiz, a professor of Archaeology and Old Testament backgrounds at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary.

tags: Khirbet Qeiyafa Steve Ortiz Israelite Religion Elah Valley shrines

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#1338

2012-07-11

Khirbet Qeiyafa Shrines, part three

With Prof. Steve Ortiz

Excavations for 2012 continue at Khirbet Qeiyafa, an important Iron Age site overlooking the Elah Valley in Israel. Just a few weeks ago, archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel announced some of the most exciting finds of 2011, a couple of small, portable shrines. What do these shrines have to say about the Israelite monarchy and the Israelite religion of 3,000 years ago? In this program we continue our discussion of the significance of the shrines and the Qeiyafa excavation with Steve Ortiz, a professor of Archaeology and Old Testament backgrounds at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary.

tags: Khirbet Qeiyafa Steve Ortiz Israelite Religion Elah Valley shrines

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