More on Qeiyafa

Recent MSNBC coverage on Qeiyafa had this little tidbit:

Will these finds settle the debate over the historical David? Garfinkel would like to think so. “Various suggestions that completely deny the biblical tradition regarding King David and argue that he was a mythological figure, or just a leader of a small tribe, are now shown to be wrong,”

Really?  Because you found a couple of regional house shrines in a fortified city?  Because you have an ostracon with some writing on it?  What hubris this is, when someone can so blatantly claim that certain scholars are wrong because you’ve found common ancient Near Eastern artifacts (which have been misidentified) at a dig in the Near East.  if anything this only shows the lengths that certain individuals will go to try to prove their presuppositions.  They are willing to fabricate whole cultural contexts that never existed so long as in the end they can say they’ve found the facts behind their biblical truth.  It is both tragic and disgusting: tragic because most people will never question the validity of the article or the claims therein, and disgusting because it is permitted to happen.

4 Responses

  1. ‘Tis but the flailings of a defunct hierarchy.
    If that is all they have after 2,000+ years, then they have less than nothing.

  2. [...] the find as evidence that the Bible is “not to be dismissed as legend.”It is such sensationalist claims that are causing most of the hubbub, and fortunately scholars are responding to them [...]

  3. [...] trio of United Monarchy Ap-chaeologists (T. Levy, E. Mazar, Y. Garfinkel). I can say no more than Tom Verenna (who now has the best post on parallels to other shrines). Like this:LikeBe the first to like this [...]

  4. [...] and A Fantalkin have slated the interpretations and the amateurish methodology of the excavation. Thomas Verenna commented on this reporting of Garfinkel’s excesses: Will these finds settle the debate over [...]

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