Was Khirbet al-Ra‘i Ancient Ziklag?

Yosef Garfinkel, Saar Ganor

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The name Ziklag appears 15 times in the Hebrew Bible, in two different types of documents: city lists and historical narratives. In the narrative it is associated with only one person: David. We suggest three criteria for the identification of biblical Ziklag: the name, the history of the place and its geography. Eleven different suggestions had been raised so far for the identification of Ziklag, but these sites do not fulfill the three stated criteria. The recently uncovered data from Khirbet al-Ra‘i indicate that this site does fulfill the necessary requirements, and is thus a good candidate for ancient Ziklag.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)51-59
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2019

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