The Citadel of the Jebusites

Eli Shukron, an Israeli archeologist, says he has discovered the citadel of the Jebusites that King David captured (2 Samuel 5:7-9).  I am reserving judgment.  But you can read the story here.

Note how politics is all wrapped up with archeology.

The claim by Eli Shukron, like many such claims in the field of biblical archaeology, has run into criticism. It joins a string of announcements by Israeli archaeologists saying they have unearthed palaces of the legendary biblical king, who is revered in Jewish religious tradition for establishing Jerusalem as its central holy city — but who has long eluded historians looking for clear-cut evidence of his existence and reign.

The present-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also wrapped up in the subject. The $10 million excavation, made accessible to tourists last month, took place in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem and was financed by an organization that settles Jews in guarded homes in Arab areas of east Jerusalem in an attempt to prevent the city from being divided. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967, as the capital of a future independent state.

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I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.
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