Det er gjort viktige arkeologiske funn av kultiske gjenstandar frå kong Davids tid i utgravingane i Khirbet Qeiyafa. Dette kom fram under ein presentasjon i Jerusalem i går.
Khirbet Qeiyafa ligg i Ela-dalen ca 30 km sørvest for Jerusalem, eit område som er omtalt i forteljinga om David og Goliat i 1. Sam 17,2-3. Tidlegare bibelomsetjingar kalla staden «Terebintedalen».
Hebrew University archaeologist finds the first evidence of a cult in Judah at the time of King David
Discovery has implications for our understanding of Solomon’s Temple
Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, the Yigal Yadin Professor of Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced today the discovery of objects that for the first time shed light on how a cult was organized in Judah at the time of King David. During recent archaeological excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, a fortified city in Judah adjacent to the Valley of Elah, Garfinkel and colleagues uncovered rich assemblages of pottery, stone and metal tools, and many art and cult objects. These include three large rooms that served as cultic shrines, which in their architecture and finds correspond to the biblical description of a cult at the time of King David.
This discovery is extraordinary as it is the first time that shrines from the time of early biblical kings were uncovered. Because these shrines pre-date the construction of Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem by 30 to 40 years, they provide the first physical evidence of a cult in the time of King David, with significant implications for the fields of archaeology, history, biblical and religion studies.
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