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Kh. Qeiyafa and Kh. al–Ra’i — Yosef Garfinkel Lecture

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:

  1. A discussion of various Minimalist views of the United Monarchy (beginning at 10th minute): Mythological (11 minute), Low Chronology (13), and Ethnographic (21).
  2. Is Qeiyafa a Judean city (begin at 22nd minute)?  Urban Planning (23), Cooking Habits, Administration (28), Writing (32), Geopolitical (39) Importance, and Cult (41).
  3. 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.
  4. Summary (53)
  5. Questions and Answers (55).

Besides all of the great content, here are two trivia that I found interesting:

  1. It takes about 5 days to restore one broken pot, and costs about $1,000/pot!
  2. 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.


Never Stop Learning ;-)!

I thought I would use this blog post to share a few web sites that I have found very interesting and that I learn new things from—actually, I check these sites each day (among others).

  1. I have just enrolled in Yeshiva University’s FREE online course entitled Arch of Titus: Rome and the Menorah.  This is taught by Dr. Steven Fine who is a leading scholar on many topics from the Second Temple Period and Late Roman Judaism.  I have viewed the first session of this course and have found it very interesting and informative.  You can “audit” the course for free, or pay a modest fee to receive a certificate.  The first lesson has me waiting for the second one!  Click Here to check out.


    Booty from the Temple in Jerusalem depicted on the Arch of Titus in Rome. Including the menorah, table for show bread, and Torah scroll(?). Click on Image to Enlarge and/or Download.

  2. The American Schools of Oriental Research has initiated a series of online lectures that feature leading scholars on a variety of topics.  This looks very promising.  (Registration is necessary, but does not look overwhelming) It looks like they will try to post one lecture a week.
  3. The Lanier Theological Library has presented online, for free, about 23 lectures by leading scholars on a variety of important topics for Biblical Studies (about one hour in length).  Click here, (scroll down for available lectures; no registration necessary) sit back, and enjoy/learn!
  4. Finally, I am mildly interested in the Ottoman Period (think Suleiman the Magnificent, the builder of the wall of the Old City of Jerusalem), and Ottoman Empire Pics is publishing many photographs AND paintings and maps from 1517 to the present!!  Including images of Palestine, Syria, etc.  Many of these I have found some of them very interesting/informative.