Gershon Galil’s new reading of the Qeiyafa inscription

All the news outlets were awash with news of Prof. Gershon Galil’s new suggestion for reading the Qeiyafa inscription (which has been discussed on this blog before). Altough we clearly have to wait for the publication of his study in a scientific journal, from what I have seen, he is the first to suggest a comprehensive and consistent reading of this inscription. If he is correct, and so far, I see no reason why not to accept his (apparently brilliant) reading, this may shed some extremely interesting light on the socio-political picture of this region in the late Iron I/early Iron IIA (e.g., late 11th/10th cent. BCE). Although, as a Gittite, I would have preferred to have an inscription dealing with a “seren”, “Gath” and other Philistine related issues (as Haggai Misgav suggested [just joking…]), Galil’s reading, which provides a coherent, and readable narrative, seeom much more likely.

Nevertheless, we still have to find a contemporary inscription at Gath, that is longer than the one with the 8 signs (e.g., here)…


2 thoughts on “Gershon Galil’s new reading of the Qeiyafa inscription

  1. Michael Welch

    Dear Dr. Maeir, Hi!!! From your perspective as an archaeologist, are the pottery and masonry of the Khirbet Qeiyafa site Israelite? Is the ostracon from a piece of a storage jar that would be dated to the 10th Century B.C.? Thus, the inscription would be made later than the jar’s date, but still sometime in the 10th Century B.C. I Thank You for your time and your help. With Much Gratitude and Admiration, Michael Welch


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