Artefacts from Biblical Kirjath-Jearim Confirm King David was Real

An archaeologist working with universities in Israel, Mr. Garfinkel, has found that artefacts which have been carbon-dated to show that they are from around 1020 to 980 BC (around the time when David was on the Throne).  These artefacts were found at the Biblical site of Kirjath-Jearim, a site which is close to the valley of Elah, where David fought and killed the Philistine, Goliath of Gath (1 Samuel 17).  This place is now called Khirbet Qeiyafa.

Mr. Garfenkel found rooms which were used as shrines to cultic gods, but there were no idols of animals or humans to be found which shows us that these shrines were not  to a Philistine or  Canaanite god because there were no idols because worshipping idols of the Philistine or  Canaanite people was banned.

Carcasses of sheep, goats and cattle were also found here, but notice that there were no pigs’ carcasses as Jews were not permitted to eat pork.  This clearly shows us that the people who were here had to be Israelites as all other peoples were allowed to eat pork and worshipped false gods and idols.

Prof. Garfenkel said “”This is the first time that archaeologists uncovered a fortified city in Judah from the time of King David. Even in Jerusalem we do not have a clear fortified city from his period. Thus, 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.” Garfinkel continued, “Over the years, thousands of animal bones were found, including sheep, goats and cattle, but no pigs. Now we uncovered three cultic rooms, with various cultic paraphernalia, but not even one human or animal figurine was found. This suggests that the population of Khirbet Qeiyafa observed two biblical bans – on pork and on graven images – and thus practiced a different cult than that of the Canaanites or the Philistines.”

We know that another people from Biblical times, the Jebusites, had strict dietary laws but they would have worshipped false idols belonging to the Canaanites.

Now, because of these reasons it is confirmed to us that King David was real, and if David was real what evidence is there to question the rest of the Bible


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