KING DAVID: Archaeologists may have uncovered evidence of the Biblical ruler in Israel
A biblical bombshell has been discovered as archaeologists believe they have uncovered evidence of an ancient city linked to King David.
Historians believe they have uncovered a building some 30 miles from Jerusalem which is believed to have been part of the Biblical kingdom.
Archaeologists are divided over whether or not Biblical figures such as King David and King Solomon ever existed.
Professor Avraham Faust, co-head of the archaeological dig, said he believes this latest discovery further supports the case for the historical accuracy of the Bible.
He claims the latest discovery is clear to have been “part of the events in the Bible ascribed to the Kingdom of David”.
Archaeologists were aided by burrowing mole rats, who bring earth to the surface which gives them a clue as to what is hiding below.
Professor Faust and Yair Sapir, of Bar-Ilan University, believe the building could be part of the city of Eglon.
The city is mentioned in the Bible as one of the five who fought against the Israelites before being conquered.
Historians question the use of the Bible as a historical reference as most events mentioned in the text lack historical evidence.
Inscribed stones have been found containing phrases referencing David – but the Biblical king’s existence and story remains disputed amongst archaeologists.
Dr Faust told Breaking Israel News: “We, of course, did not find any artifacts that said ‘King David’ or King Solomon’ but we discovered site signs of a social transformation in the region which are consistent with a change from Canaanite culture to a Judean culture.
“Since it took place at a time we believed the Kingdom of David began to spread into this region, it is clear this building was part of the events in the Bible ascribed to the Kingdom of David.”
He added: “The structure was excavated, almost in its entirety, and was composed of a large courtyard with rooms on three side.
“Hundreds of artefacts were unearthed within the debris, including a wide range of pottery vessels, loom weights, many metal objects, botanical remains, as well as many arrowheads, evidence of the battle which accompanied the conquest of the site by the Assyrians.”
King David’s myth begins with him as a young shepherd who killed the giant Goliath.
He became the a favourite of King Saul and he eventually takes the throne and conquers Jerusalem.
Biblical references claim he is an ancestor of Jesus and he would have existed around 1000BC.
His story also features in the books of Judaism and Islam.
Professor Faust said: “20 years ago, no one would have said that King David was a historical figure.
“I am not the first, or only one, to attribute an archaeological find to King David.
“There may still be a dispute over this, but today, most archaeologists agree that King David was a historical figure.”
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