In the footsteps of King David: revelations from an ancient biblical city

Yosef Garfinkel, Saar Ganor, Michael G Hasel, Eyal Meiron (Editor), Alan Paris (Translator)

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King David is a pivotal figure in the Bible, which tells his life story in detail and gives stirring accounts of his deeds, including the slaying of the Philistine giant Goliath and the founding of his capital in Jerusalem. But no certain archaeological finds from the period of his reign or of the kingdom he ruled over have ever been uncovered until now. In this account, the excavators of Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Valley of Elah, where the Bible says David fought Goliath, reveal how seven years of exhaustive investigation have uncovered a city dating to the time of David - the late eleventh and early tenth century BCE - surrounded by massive fortifications with impressive gates and a clear urban plan, as well as an abundance of finds that tell us much about the inhabitants. Discussing the link between the Bible, archaeology, and history In the Footsteps of King David explains the significance of these discoveries and how they shed new light on David's kingdom.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon; New York
PublisherThames & Hudson
Number of pages240
ISBN (Print)0500052018, 9780500052013
StatePublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

"A version of this book was published in Hebrew in 2012 by Yedioth Books"--Title page verso.


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