When King David was a refugee among the Philistines: Archaeologists dig up ancient Ziklag

When King David was a refugee among the Philistines: Archaeologists dig up ancient Ziklag

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[World Israel News] Researchers from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority and Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, believe they have discovered the Philistine town of Ziklag, immortalized in the Biblical narrative.

VIDEO: [GOD TV] Archaeologists work diligently to uncover treasures that offer undeniable proof of God’s description of places, people and events described in the Bible. Here, archaeologist Eli Shukron speaks about the excavations in the City of David in Jerusalem. [July 22, 2018]


Ziklag is mentioned multiple times in the Bible in relation to David (in 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel). According to the Biblical narrative, Achish, King of Gat, allowed David to find refuge in Ziklag while fleeing King Saul.

It was from Ziklag that David departed to be anointed king in Hebron. According to scripture, Ziklag was also the scene of a dramatic event, in which the Amalekites, desert nomads, raided and burned the town taking women and children captive.

The excavation, which began in 2015 at the site of Khirbet a-Ra‘i in the Judaean foothills – between Kiryat Gat and Lachish, has proceeded in cooperation with Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, Head of the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Saar Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Dr. Kyle Keimer and Dr. Gil Davis of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

The excavation was funded by Joey Silver of Jerusalem, Aron Levy of New Jersey, and the Roth Family and Isaac Wakil both of Sydney. The excavation has been ongoing for seven seasons with large areas being exposed – approximately 1,000 square miles, leading to this new identification for Ziklag.

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