Daily Archives: September 1, 2009

Tel Dor

Tel Dor sits on a promontory on the Mediterranean coast between Caesarea Maritima and Mount Carmel.

View of Tel Dor from the south. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

View of Tel Dor from the south. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The site of Dor seems to have been inhabited at least from the Late Bronze Age (1550-1200 B.C.). The Tel Dor Excavation site says,

The documented history of the site begins in the Late Bronze Age (though the town itself was founded in the Middle Bronze Age, c. 2000 BCE), and ends in the Crusader period.

Here is what we know about Dor from the biblical accounts:

  • The king of Dor joined the coalition of Jabin, king of Hazor, to fight unsuccessfully against Joshua and the Israelites (Joshua 11:1-2; 12:23).
  • Dor seems to have been allotted to the tribe of Manasseh within the territory of Asher (Joshua 17:11). It appears that Manasseh was unable to maintain control of the city (Judges 1:27).
  • Ben-abinadab, one of Solomon’s deputies, was responsible for the “height of Dor” when Solomon set up his administrative centersĀ  (1 Kings 4:7-11).