Wednesday, September 21, 2016

David's commander in the Qeiyafa inscription?

EPIGRAPHY AND THE BIBLE? ’Eshbaʿal Son of Bdʿa Whose Name Found at Qeiyafa Identified as the Commander of the First Platoon of the Heroes of David (Prof. Moshe Garsiel, posted in the blog of Dr. Lea Mazor, About Bible, Teaching and Education). An interesting argument that involves considerable speculative reconstruction. It would be extraordinarily lucky if we happened to find a tenth-century BCE Hebrew inscription that mentioned a minor biblical character, but I can't say it's impossible.

HT reader Yoel.

Past posts on Khirbet Qeiyafa and the inscription are here , here, here, and here.