Saar Ganur, Israel Antiquities Authority
June 15 at 19:00 | Included in the admission to the Museum
Watch on Zoom: 15 NIS | Free of charge for membership holders
Khirbet er-Ra‘i, located near Lachish, is identified as a frontier town between ancient Philistia and Judah, and the first location which King David ruled according to the biblical sources. In recent years, new and extraordinary archaeological finds have been discovered at the site, dating to the 12th–7th centuries BCE and shedding light on the peoples that lived in the region: the Philistines, Canaanites, Judahites and Kitiyim. This lecture will examine the archeological discoveries from Khirbet ar-Ra‘i, identified by its excavators with the biblical Ziklag, which reflect the site’s history through the periods of the Judges, King David, and the biblical kingdom of Judah. A special attention will be given to the implications of the recent finds for reconstructing the ancient defense plans for the borders of Judah.
The lecture is in Hebrew
Aerial view of Khirbet er-Ra’I, photographed by Emil Eljam, Israel Antiquities Authority