[Avodah] They Found Gat
Micha Berger via Avodah
avodah at lists.aishdas.org
Thu Aug 6 07:47:10 PDT 2015
As you may have heard, a team found the gates of Gat, Golias's home town.
And, as I've noticed in the past, the question of whether they find
evidence of the events as found in Tanakh or evidence against can be
predicted in advance by checking the religious stance of who is running
So you get this story from Haaretz
Philistine City of Gath a Lot More Powerful Than Thought,
Powerful fortifications newly uncovered by Israeli archaeologists
suggest the kingdoms of Saul, David may not have been quite as
powerful as thought.
Nir Hasson Aug 04, 2015 3:08 AM [IDT]
According to Maeir, the discovery of Gath as a huge, fortified
city on the border of Judea during an extended period, without
any signs of destruction as a result of a war with Judea, proves
the Philistines controlled the Judean plain. Because Khirbet Kaifa
existed for a relatively short period -- about 30 years -- it is
likely the remnant of a failure of the Israelite kingdom to spread
westward and not a sign of its power.
"The Judean kingdom is supposed to be big, important and strong,"
says Maeir. "But it turns out there is a very big city on its
western border. For years, I claimed Gath was a big city, but they
countered that it has no lower city, and if it has one it is not
fortified. After finding a huge fortification, its clearly the most
important city of the 10th and ninth centuries."
Now, to get a hint of how we would have heard about Gat had the dig been
run by a bilical maximalist, here's an element mentioned in
Near the gate, Maeirs team also unearthed the remains of the citys
extensive fortification wall, a Philistine temple, ironwork and
While the pottery bears hallmarks of the distinctive Philistine style,
elements of Israelite techniques can be seen on the fragments as well,
indicating there was more interaction between the two cultures than
Since Pelishti culture was importing Jewish culture, doesn't that lend
MORE credibity to the idea that David haMelekh's kingdom was at east on
the same scale if not overshadowing theirs?
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