|Tel Dan (wikipedia commons)|
And how are you this week? I hope you fare better than I as I once again am sick with a sinus infection and cough. Please pray that it doesn’t go into pneumonia again! It seems my past history of illness isn’t going to go away, at least right now!
|Outlined in white chalk is the reference to Israel as |
“The House of David”. Photo: The Israel Museum,
Jerusalem/Israel Antiquities Authority
(photograph by Meidad Suchowolski).
Speaking of past histories, have you ever heard of Tel Dan and the House of David stone? It is an astounding find, giving proof of King David. When the stone was discovered in 1993 in an excavation site known as Tel Dan in the very far north of Israel, it caused a stirring of excitement like none other. Why? Because this inscribed stone, also called a stela, is the first definite evidence of King David from the ancient recording of the Bible. Many antisemites and atheists have long tried to disprove that the House of David (King David’s Empire) is only a fabrication and not true history.
However, “The broken and fragmentary inscription commemorates the victory of an Aramean king over his two southern neighbors: the ‘king of Israel’ and the ‘king of the House of David.’ In the carefully incised text written in neatAramaic characters, the Aramean king boasts that he, under the divine guidance of the god Hadad, vanquished several thousand Israelite and Judahite horsemen and charioteers before personally dispatching both of his royal opponents…What made the Tel Dan inscription one of the most exciting Biblical archaeology discoveries for scholars and the broader public was its unprecedented reference to the ‘House of David.’ The stela’s fragmented inscription, first read and translated by the renowned epigrapher Joseph Naveh, proved that King David from the Bible was a genuine historical figure and not simply the fantastic literary creation of later Biblical writers and editors. Perhaps more important, the stela, set up by one of ancient Israel’s fiercest enemies more than a century after David’s death, still recognized David as the founder of the kingdom of Judah.”1
Historically, the Kingdom of David extended much farther north than it does today. This is important because David’s Kingdom went all the way to the headwaters of the Jordan River and beyond into what is now Lebanon and Syria. The Dan Springs is the largest of the four sources of the Jordan emerging at the base of Mt. Hermon which makes it an important water source in ancient (and current) times. The House of David stela is the farthest north any evidence has been found concerning King David and aligning with what
But of course our God, Yahweh (I am that I am) is truly astounding! His timing is perfect! I believe that He knows and has planned for these archeological finds to happen in these later times when unbelief is growing exponentially and we, a people of unclean lips, demand proof.
Until next time God bless, and take care!