"It's significant," he said, because experts had "seen no evidence of writing" in Hebrew prior to this.The ruins of the Fortress of Elah were first uncovered in 2007.“They show that literacy was well established by the early 10th century, the time of Judah’s first kings.David could indeed have written the Psalms that are attributed to him.”The Museum of the Bible is located in the heart of Washington, D.“The site dates back to the time of Saul and David and the two gates at the site match the biblical name of Shaaraim, which means ‘two gates’ in Hebrew.”In 2008, the oldest Hebrew inscription was found at Khirbet Qeiyafa; in 2013, another inscription was found at the site, dating to the 10th century B. and mentioning the name “Ishbaal,” the same name as one of Saul’s sons.Both discoveries made international headlines and are featured in the Museum of the Bible, among other pieces that the team uncovered during the course of the project.“The significance of these inscriptions cannot be underestimated,” Hasel said."It's not the smoking gun, but it has revolutionized the debate." Evidence The double casement wall around the fortress, made from 200,000 tons of stone and used to enclose 500 to 600 soldiers and their families, is one tip-off to its significance, according to Hasel.That type of wall "requires design and architectural organization," he says, and the fact that such stonework was in use during the time of David "leads me to believe it was built during reign of Saul." The wall also had two gates, one facing the land held by the Philistines and one facing the road to Jerusalem, he says.
Hasel, director of Southern’s Institute of Archaeology and a director of the project.
Wood Archaeological Museum, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale • How much: Free Work in Israel by students at Southern Adventist University has helped move the needle in the debate over whether King David was the significant ruler described in the Bible or a minor figure in Near Eastern history.
"I'm not saying we have found evidence of that battle," he says, but the pottery, the radiocarbon dating of items and things as random as olive pits have established the site's presence in the Davidic time period of 1052-974 B. Whether it was built during the reign of Saul, David's predecessor and the first king of the united Israel, or during David's reign is not clear.
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