Archeology Confirms Biblical Commandments in 10
Century at Khirbet Qeiyafa, Israel
Skeptics have claimed that Old Testament writers exaggerated or made up the existence of the Hebrew kingdoms described in the Old Testament, including kings David and Solomon. However, recent archeological evidence has shown that the written Hebrew language was in
existence by the 10
century B.C. The archaeological site of Khirbet Qeiyafa is the location of
a massively fortified city of megalithic stones 6-9 feet tall.
In 2008, two city gates were discovered, which was very unusual for cities of that time (which usually had only one gate).
This unusual characteristic clearly identified the city as being the biblical Sha‛a
rayim, which has the meaning of "double gate."
The existence of written Hebrew commandments at Khirbet Qeiyafa suggested that the peoples at the site were following the commands found in the Old Testament scriptures. Professor Yosef Garfinkel has now confirmed through archeological excavation that at least some of the Old Testament commandments were being followed at Khirbet Qeiyafa by the 10
century B.C. The city was violently destroyed in 980 B.C. (according to
Located 30 km. southwest of Jerusalem in the valley of Elah, Khirbet Qeiyafa was a heavily fortified city at the time of King David. Numerous religious and other artifacts were recovered from the site, including several shrines, tools and pottery. However, the shrines were quite different from those of the surrounding Philistines and Canaanites, since no images of human beings or animals were associated with the site. According to the biblical commands, the Israelites were not to make or worship images of human beings or animals (Exodus 20:4,
Leviticus 26:1, Deuteronomy 5:8, 4:15-18, 27:15, Romans 1:22-25).
The religious objects