#1260 – Solomon’s Mines
Main stream media doesn’t always get it right when they deal with Biblical Archaeology, but the cooperative venture that gave us a November NOVA program on PBS and a December cover story in National Geographic actually turned out pretty well. Produced by two different teams, both reports offer a good status report on one of the major current topics in Biblical Archaeology. That would be the 10th-9th century BC, the time of David and Solomon, and the issue is whether or not the Bible accurately reports on their kingdom activities. Some archaeologists think the Biblical account is overblown. These two reports offer information from recent archaeological work at several locations which tend to back up the Biblical account and undermine the critics. Both of the major sites cited have been dealt with before, Khirbet Qeiyafa (the Elah Fortress), excavated by Yosef Garfinkel, and Khirbat en Nahas. excavataed by Thomas Levy. So this week’s discussion reviews the reports and summarizes their major attributes.