A lost city that appeared in
the Bible has been found near Jerusalem, experts say.
Historians believe they have uncovered a building
belonging to the ancient settlement, which is linked to
Professor Avraham Faust, co-head of the archaeological
dig, said the latest find backs the case for the
historical accuracy of the Bible.
He says the latest discovery is “part of the events in
the Bible ascribed to the Kingdom of David”.
Biblical references claim King David is an ancestor of
Jesus and would have existed around 1,000BC.
According to Breaking Israel News, archaeologists were
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Professor Faust and Yair Sapir, of Bar-Ilan University,
believes the building could be part of the city of Eglon.
The city is mentioned in the Bible as one of the five
which fought against the Israelites before being
But historians question the use of the Bible as a
historical reference because most events mentioned in
the text lack historical evidence.
Inscribed stones have been found containing phrases
referencing David, but his existence and story remains
disputed among archaeologists.
Dr Faust told Breaking Israel News: "We, of course, did
not find any artefacts that said ‘King David’ or ‘King
Solomon’ but we discovered site signs of a social
transformation in the region which are consistent with a
change from Canaanite culture to a Judean culture.
“Since it took place at a time we believed the Kingdom
of David began to spread into this region, it is clear
this building was part of the events in the Bible
ascribed to the Kingdom of David.”
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