Triglyphs and recessed doorframes on a building model from khirbet qeiyafa: New light on two technical terms in the biblical descriptions of solomon's palace and temple

Yosef Garfinkel, Madeleine Mumcuoglu

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Abstract

A unique building model from the early tenth century BCE, excavated at Khirbet Qeiyafa, Israel, presents new data on royal construction in the days of David and Solomon. A combination of triglyphs and a recessed doorframe appears on the model facade. This indicates that aspects of royal architecture typical of the Iron Age Levant, known archaeologically from the ninthseventh centuries BCE, developed 150 years earlier than previously thought and suggests a Near Eastern origin for the triglyph of classical Greek architecture. The model serves as the basis for identifying two obscure technical terms in the biblical texts describing King Solomon's palace and temple in Jerusalem.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)135-163
Number of pages29
JournalIsrael Exploration Journal
Volume63
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013

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