Dr. Yosef Garfinkel: The Evidence of the Bible as History
There was long, serious debate over whether David and Solomon were historical kings or mythological figures since no clear archaeological remains had been uncovered to support the biblical tradition.
But in 2008, Dr. Yosef Garfinkel and his team uncovered a fortified city at Khirbet Qeiyafa that shifted the argument. Radiometric datings of pottery, metal objects, stone vessels, animal bones, seals and inscriptions indicated that the city existed in the first quarter of the tenth century BCE, the time of David. Dr. Garfinkel will discuss Khirbet Qeiyafa and what it means for the use of archaeology to confirm biblical history.
Dr. Yosef Garfinkel holds the Yigael Yadin Chair in Archaeology of Israel and heads the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University. Browse these links to learn more about Dr. Garfinkel and his work: Read The Times of Israel‘s recent article on Dr. Yosef Garfinkel’s findings | Read The New Yorker article In Search of King David’s Lost Empire | Biblical Archaeology Society | Biblical Archaeology Magazine
The Hot Topics in Biblical Archeology Series
For centuries, archaeologists have raided ancient tombs, explored caves, unearthed watercourses, sifted through rubble, measured skulls, romanced stones and reconstructed pots from tiny shards in their quest to unlock the riddles of biblical times.
In this series, eight distinguished biblical archaeologists will discuss their detective work: the questions they ask; the finds they’ve uncovered; the technology they employ that adds science to spades and brushes; their interpretation of evidence; their struggle against fake news, both ancient and modern; and the tightrope they walk between belief in the Bible and evidence. This webinar is sponsored by Dr. Masha Mimran and the Streicker Family. We are happy to offer these webinars free of charge in these challenging times and hope you enjoy them. Any contribution to support our efforts is appreciated.