Thursday, March 28, 2019

Was Jeroboam II the real King David?

TURNING ARCHAEOLOGY INTO HISTORY? MAYBE. THAT'S HARD. Meet the Real King David, the One the Bible Didn’t Want You to Know About. Apparently there was a United Monarchy after all, posits biblical archaeologist Israel Finkelstein – just not under the kings Saul, David or Solomon, but centuries later under Jeroboam II (Ariel David, Haaretz premium). The case sounds impressive to me, but I am not an archaeologist. I would like to hear what other archaelogists think. Notably, Eilat Mazar.

For more on Professor Finkelstein's reconstruction of the history of Israel in the Iron Age II, with particular reference to Kiryat Yearim (Kiriath Jearim), see here.

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