Was Khirbet Qeiyafa a Judahite City? The Case against It by Nadav Na’aman
This is an older article (2017), but it just came up on my feed elsewhere. If you are interested in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, especially Judahite history, and you are somewhat acquainted with the current argument between theo-political archaeologists like Garfinkel and Faust and historical archaeologists like Na’aman then you should read this. Make no mistake that many theo-political archaeologists are reading strong, unfounded assumptions into their interpretations of places in Palestine and Israel. For me, Na’aman, though hewing to the written text too strongly, is right up there with archaeologists like Gunnar Lehmann, Ayelet Gilboa, Tallay Ornan, and Raphael Greenberg. During and after the disappearance of Samaria (aka Israel) (not the city itself–the inhabitants) in 721 BCE, the Judahite kingdom comes to the fore in the 8th century BCE.
These are a few of my photos of Qeiyafa from July 2012.
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