Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/22/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Archeologists believe they've discovered Old Testament leader's castle in Israel

A palace which archaeologists believe is the fortified Judean city of Shaarayim, where the Bible states King David battled the giant Goliath has been uncovered in Israel. The structure is thought to be King David's palace, measuring 1,000 square meters, according to Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority.

King David's palace found, says Israeli team.

King David's palace found, says Israeli team.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/22/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: King David, Israel, palace, archaeology, Old Testament


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Archaeological teams have also uncovered a huge storehouse containing pots and artifacts over the past seven years they believe proves the existence of a ruler in Judah in the tenth century BCE.

The site of what is thought to be the fortified Judean city of Shaarayim, where David is said to hav

The site of what is thought to be the fortified Judean city of Shaarayim, where David is said to have battled Goliath in the biblical tale.


The remains of what is thought to be a royal storeroom.

The remains of what is thought to be a royal storeroom.


"The ruins are the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David," professors Yossi Garfinkel and Saar Ganor of Hebrew University said. "This is indisputable proof of the existence of a central authority in Judah during the time of King David."
 
The biblical city of Shaarayim is thought to have become the modern city of Khirbet Qeiyafa, southwest of Jerusalem.

Professor Garfinkel holds an article from his archaeological excavation next to the remains of what

Professor Garfinkel holds an article from his archaeological excavation next to the remains of what is thought to be King David's palace.


The palace is at the center of the site and is higher than the houses lower in the city.

The palace is at the center of the site and is higher than the houses lower in the city.


The professors said that the ruins are the two largest known buildings to have existed at the time of King David in Jerusalem. "The southern part of a large palace that extended across an area of about 1,000 square meters was revealed at the top of the city.

"The wall enclosing the palace is about 30 meters long and an impressive entrance is fixed through which one descended to the southern gate of the city, opposite the Valley of Elah.

"Around the palace's perimeter were rooms in which various installations were found -- evidence of a metal industry, special pottery vessels and fragments of alabaster vessels that were imported from Egypt," researchers say.

Hundreds of artifacts have been collected at the site, including religious objects, seals, pottery and tools typical of the time.

Pictured are the remains of a 30-meter long wall of the palace.

Pictured are the remains of a 30-meter long wall of the palace.


Archeologists also found over 600 ceramic pots at the site, some of which are pictured.

Archeologists also found over 600 ceramic pots at the site, some of which are pictured.


The palace is at the center of the site and is higher than the houses lower in the city.

The monarchy would have had sweeping views of the land, stretching from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Hebron Mountains and Jerusalem in the east.

It's believed that much of the palace was destroyed 1,400 years after it was built when a fortified farmhouse was erected in its place during the Byzantine period.

"The palace that is now being revealed and the fortified city that was uncovered in recent years are another tier in understanding the beginning of the Kingdom of Judah," Professors Garfinkel and Ganor say.

Archaeologists have unearthed a palace in what they believe is the fortified Judean city of Shaarayi

Archaeologists have unearthed a palace in what they believe is the fortified Judean city of Shaarayim, where David is said to have battled Goliath in the biblical tale.


"It was in this building the kingdom stored taxes it received in the form of agricultural produce collected from the residents of the different villages in the Judean Shephelah.

"Hundreds of large store jars were found at the site whose handles were stamped with an official seal as was customary in the Kingdom of Judah for centuries."

The palace and storerooms, they say, are evidence of state-sponsored construction and an administrative organization during King David's reign.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.



Comments


More Living Faith

Beating swords into plowshares

Image of

By Tony Magliano

"In the days to come, the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills," writes the prophet Isaiah. "Many peoples shall come and say: Come, let us go up to the Lord's mountain . that he may instruct us in his ... continue reading


Insight from Pope Francis: 'Minimum skills minuimum wages' --What's wrong with that? ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING Watch

Image of Ask yourself, am I judging or am I helping?

By Marshall Connolly (Catholic Online)

"Don't like it? Go home then," Pope Francis remarked on the throwaway culture of our world and how it impacts the lives of millions at the margins. His words are a wake-up call for all of us. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - How many times have we considered the low ... continue reading


ISIS is not the first to persecute Christians, a look at the Roman persecutions of the early Church (PART ONE) Watch

Image of St. James the Greater, one of the first Christian martyrs.

By Robert Mullen (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It is a sad and disheartening fact that many Christians suffer from constant-and often brutal-persecution today, most visibly in places like the Middle East where the Islamic State rules, or in Asian nations like India or China where Christianity is a ... continue reading


God is Green! Come celebrate all of God's creations during March Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters," Genesis 1:1-2. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - God created the earth we ... continue reading


What Does the Lord Jesus Mean When He Calls us to Be Perfect? Watch

Image of

By Deacon Keith Fournier

The character of Jesus Christ is being formed in each one of us as we say yes - and choose to cooperate with the Lord who is making us new, every day.  Perhaps our problem is rooted in understanding - and responding - to this call to be perfect. Perhaps it is ... continue reading


Making a Lenten Retreat with Pope Francis: Learning from Elijah Watch

Image of There is a mystery here, deep and profound, yet as simple as the broom tree encounter of our teacher Elijah. God is searching for men and women who will surrender their lives in love to Him in this hour. Often, it takes the depletion of all of our own efforts and resources before we are willing to give up - and give in - to Him. When we do, the life of true faith begins. It is there we learn to hear the God of surrendered love in the whisper of the wind. It is there that we learn the Faith of Elijah, under the broom tree.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

In many respects, our life on this earth is a classroom of love and a continual invitation to holiness. As we age, we are given the opportunities we need to receive the graces we need to empty ourselves of all that clutters up our life - so that we can be free to ... continue reading


Vatican deeply apologizes for Pope Francis' Argentina 'Mexicanization' comment Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis did not mean any offense - but in a private email about his native land Argentina's drug trafficking issues, the pope expressed concern over Argentina's "Mexicanization." The Vatican is now trying to clarify and apologize to any parties that may ... continue reading


UPDATE: Two years after resignation Pope Emeritus Benedict said to be doing well Watch

Image of Pope Emeritus Benedict is said to be in better health since his resignation.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With Pope Francis in the spotlight, many wonder what is happening with Pope Emeritus Benedict, who is keeping true to his pledge to remain out of the public eye. For the curious, we have good news, Pope Emeritus Benedict is doing well, if not even better than before. ... continue reading


Andrew M. Greenwell: St. Bonaventure on Counsel Watch

Image of

By Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.

In Bonaventure's analysis of this gift of counsel, there are three steps to sound counsel, which we may also call distinctions.  Counsel relates to whether something is permitted, and, if permitted, whether it is appropriate, and, if permitted and ... continue reading


Pope Francis wants you to pray to end Christian persecution. But will Catholics answer him?

Image of Christians face more than the Islamic State. Destitute, they lack sanitation, privacy, food and water, and their spiritual end educational needs aren't being met. A tremendous effort will be needed to restore these people. Let us pray.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With the mass kidnapping of over 100 Christians in Syria, it has become painfully clear that the Islamic State thinks nothing of targeting innocent civilians and children, threatening, enslaving and murdering anyone whose faith is different. We need now, more than ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 1:10, 16-20
10 Hear what Yahweh says, you rulers of Sodom; listen ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
8 'It is not with your sacrifices that I find fault, ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 23:1-12
1 Then addressing the crowds and his disciples Jesus ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 3rd, 2015 Image

St. Katharine Drexel
March 3: Saint Katharine Drexel, Religious (Feast Day-March 3) Born in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter