Walking in the Footsteps of King David

Have you ever walked in the footsteps of King David?

As noted on the Hebrew University’s website relating to the archaeological site of Khirbet Qeiyafa, the ancient city is located 30 km southwest of Jerusalem, on the summit of a hill that borders the Elah Valley on the north. This is a key strategic location in the biblical Kingdom of Judah, on the main road from Philistia and the Coastal Plain to Jerusalem and Hebron in the hill country.

In this area one of the world’s most famous battles took place, the battle between David and Goliath.

The city has the most impressive First Temple period fortifications, including casemate city wall and two gates, one in the west and the other in the south. The gates are of identical size, and consist of four chambers. This is the only known city from the First Temple period with two gates.

The massive construction of Khirbet Qeiyafa and its urban planning clearly indicate central authority in Judah in the early 10th century BC, the time of King David.

 

Published: November 28, 2016
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