IMHO — this is not to be missed! See the following.
The Lanier Theological Library has posted a 72-minute video of an illustrated lecture by Yosef Garfinkel entitled “Searching for the Historical King David: Khirbet Qeiyafa and Khirbet al–Ra’i. Qeiyafa, in the Judean lowlands (=Shephelah), was excavated by him from 2007 through 2013 and is important in the discussion of the nature of the “Davidic Kingdom” around 1000 BC. He also briefly discusses and illustrates his important new excavations at Kh. al–Ra’i—a site located about 1.5 mi. west of Lachish.
I think you will find the video well worthwhile to invest an hour in! (Just in time for your [USA] Thanksgiving weekend) The lecture is a very convenient summary of some very important material that will be useful for students of the Bible and armchair archaeologists. Garfinkel is very clear, as are the illustrations and the production of the video is outstanding.
Grab a cup of coffee, or your favorite adult beverage, and settle back and enjoy. PS—have a pen and paper handy for taking notes!
Included in the video are:
- A discussion of various Minimalist views of the United Monarchy (beginning at 10th minute): Mythological (11 minute), Low Chronology (13), and Ethnographic (21).
- Is Qeiyafa a Judean city (begin at 22nd minute)? Urban Planning (23), Cooking Habits, Administration (28), Writing (32), Geopolitical (39) Importance, and Cult (41).
- Kh. al–Ra’i (begin at 49th minute). A “new” 10th-century site! I am particularly interested in this (brief) section. Included are aerial views and helpful pictures. Excavated 2015–2018.
- Summary (53)
- Questions and Answers (55).
Besides all of the great content, here are two trivia that I found interesting:
- It takes about 5 days to restore one broken pot, and costs about $1,000/pot!
- He estimates that there are about 30,000 archaeological sites in Israel and about 1,000 have been excavated (1:08).
To view 12 images of Qeiyafa, check this out.