Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1242 – Philistine Temple found at Gath

Walking up Tel es-Safi/Gath

Walking up the side of Tel es-Safi/Gath

This is the time of the year when we start to review the discoveries of the summer excavation season.

Perhaps one of the biggest discoveries of the year are the remains of a Philistine temple found in the ruins of the Philistine city of Gath. And yes, it did have the two-pillar-in-the-middle design described in the story of Samson, which is told in Judges 16:29. A temple found several decades ago at another Philistine site, Tel Qasile, also had the same design.

The temple was not the only find at Tel es-Safi/Gath. The story was covered by the Jerusalem Post.

We also cover the discovery of cuneiform tablet fragments at Hazor that are connected to the code of Hammurabi. The search continues for the Hazor archive that has been one of the major goals of the Hazor excavation for several decades now.

We visited Tel es-Safi/Gath during our 2008 Book & The Spade Archaeological Study Tour (see photo at left).  It’s huge!

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