New article on the viewing Khirbet Qeiyafa from the perspective of Gath!

A new paper of the Safi project has just appeared. While the paper is based on a conference presentation from close to three years ago (in September 2014), and is not completely updated with recent finds and discussions, it does present my views on how I believe one should understand the finds from the fascinating site of Khirbet Qeiyafa (and aspects of wider perspective as well) – and in particular in light of the interpretations suggested by the site’s excavators (Yossi Gafinkel et al.).

The full title of the article is:

Maeir, A. M. 2017. Khirbet Qeiyafa in Its Regional Context: A View from Philistine Gath. Pp. 61–71 in Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Shephelah. Papers Presented at a Colloquium of the Swiss Society for Ancient Near Eastern Studies Held at the University of Bern, September 6, 2014, eds. S. Schroer and S. Münger. Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 282. Fribourg: Academic Press.

A link to a PDF can be found here.


One thought on “New article on the viewing Khirbet Qeiyafa from the perspective of Gath!

  1. Thanks for sharing this PDF! I had not yet heard that Garfinkel’s renewed Lachish excavations revealed a 2nd gate there, which you mentioned in your Final Remark #1 on p. 67. No big surprise to me since Jerusalem has multiple gates; however, can you provide a published reference to this as you didn’t include one in the article? I’m wondering if Dr. Garfinkel has since altered his opinion on identifying Qeiyafa as Shaaraim.

    On a separate issue (& this is more a rebuttal than an inquiry), in Final Remark #2 you use the peripheral-location & short-lived nature of Qeiyafa against the possibility of it being an early-central site. However, wasn’t Lachish almost as prominent as Jerusalem during Hezekiah’s reign despite being near its border? And if Qeiyafa lasted roughly half a century, isn’t that longer than a typical king’s reign?


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