Prof. Israel Finkelstein visits Khirbet Qeiyafa

Luke Chandler reports here, with photos, that Prof. Israel Finkelstein, Tel Aviv University, paid a visit to Khirbet Qeiyafa (the ElahFortress) on the last day of the dig. He has posted a couple of photos of Finkelstein with Prof. Yossi Garfinkel, director of the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation.

Prof. Finkelstein at the SBL Annual Meeting 2008. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Prof. Finkelstein at the SBL Annual Meeting 2008. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Luke describes Finkelstein as “a leading face of Biblical Minimalism.” He also comments on the evidence from Khirbet Qeiyafa:

The evidence there so far points to an organized, strong, Jerusalem-centered kingdom in the 10th century B.C. – the early Iron Age of David.

It is quite common for archaeologists to visit the excavations throughout the season. In this way they hear first hand from the director of the dig about what has been uncovered.

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