Tag: William Dever

The Tell Dan Stele

The Tel Dan Stele is a piece of stone found in northern Israel 1 with an inscription referring to the ‘House of David’. It is a significant find, providing evidence that the nation of Israel existed as early as the 10th century, and that it was ruled over by king David, referred to in the Bible as the second king […] 

Does the archaeological ‘Low Chronology’ disprove the Biblical narrative?

The Challenge The ‘Low Chronology’ is a proposed redating of the Iron Age,1 dating the reigns of David and Solomon to a time during which there is no archaeological evidence supporting them.2 The Objections Proposed at least as early as the 1980s,3 the redating received almost no support,4 and was resisted strongly by the archaeological consensus.5 Objections were raised by […] 

What is archaeological ‘minimalism’?

Definition The ‘minimalist’ view is that archaeology provides little or no support for the Biblical history.1 2 The best known adherents are Philip Davies,3 Lester Grabbe,4 Niels Lemche,5 Thomas Thompson,6 and Keith Whitelam.7 However, Israel Finkelstein and Neil Silberman are the only two prominent archaeologists associated with minimalist views. Kenneth Kitchen Kitchen8 has raised numerous objections to minimalist claims, rejecting […]