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Cult and Politics in Israel at the Time of King David
Title:
Cult and Politics in Israel at the Time of King David
When:
 03:00PM - 04:30PM
Where:
Penn Museum - Philadelphia
Category:
Lecture
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Yossi Garfinkel

Cult and Politics in Israel at the Time of King David

Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, Ygael Yadin chair in archaeology of Israel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

For thousands of years the image of King David has attracted the attention of millions of people. From an archaeological point of view, however, no clear finds from his period have been found in Jerusalem, or elsewhere in Judah. Thus, during the early 1980's, radical theories were developed (by so-called "Minimalists"), arguing that David, or his son, Solomon, are fictitious figures who never really existed.

Since 2007, this situation had been completely altered thanks to the excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, 20 miles southeast of Jerusalem, in the valley of Elah on the border between Judah and Philistia. Our expedition uncovered a heavily fortified city, with two gates, two gate piazzas, houses, a central "palace" at the highest point of the site and three shrines. This is the first time that archaeological finds support the biblical tradition concerning King David and his period.

Of special interest are the three shrines with rich cultic paraphernalia indicating how cult and politics were used to strengthen the new kingdom.

Admission: 

12 general adult admission
$10 senior citizens (65 and above) and active U.S. military personnel
$8 for children 6 to 17 and full-time students with college ID
FREE for Museum members, children 5 and under, and PENNcard holders (Penn faculty, staff and students)

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Venue:
Penn Museum
Street:
3260 South Street
ZIP:
19104
City:
Philadelphia
State:
PA
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