Prof. Yosef Garfinkel from Hebrew University has published a new academic article in the Jerusalem Journal of Archaeology entitled, “Early City Planning in the Kingdom of Judah: Khirbet Qeiyafa, Beth Shemesh 4, Tell en-Naṣbeh, Khirbet ed-Dawwara, and Lachish V,” in which he provides evidence of urban organization in the kingdom of David. In addition to having excavated two of the sites (Khirbet Qeiyafa and Lachish V), he scoured old publications from the other sites for evidence. In the article he demonstrates that all five cities had similar urban layouts, including an outer wall that had houses on one side of it and a road on the other side. All five were connected by important roads within the kingdom, and several of the sites have yielded inscriptions, indicating a certain level of written communication at the time. All of this runs counter to the narrative of minimalist scholars who believe the Bible is inaccurate and unreliable in its description of the extent of David’s kingdom. ABR’s Dr. Scott Stripling was interviewed by Israel365News about Garfinkel’s article and stated,
“My research in Shiloh is revealing clear evidence of an Iron Age II reoccupation which corresponds to the time of David. That is new and supports Prof. Garfinkel’s theory. We’re finding more evidence that Professor Garfinkel is right, and if he is, we’ll continue to find even more evidence”….”For the last three generations, there has been very little digging in Judea and Samaria because of the political situation. I have excavated here while everybody else was saying out of harm’s way. Once others begin to excavate, they are going to find a lot more” (See second link below).
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