Khirbet Qeiyafa: An unsensational archaeological and historical interpretation

Israel Finkelstein*, Alexander Fantalkin

*Corresponding author for this work

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The article deals with the finds at the late Iron I settlement of Khirbet Qeiyafa, a site overlooking the Valley of Elah in the Shephelah. It points out the methodological shortcomings in both field work and interpretation of the finds. It then turns to several issues related to the finds: the identity of the inhabitants, their territorial affiliation and the possibility of identifying Khirbet Qeiyafa with sites mentioned in the Bible and in the Shoshenq I list.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-63
Number of pages26
JournalTel Aviv
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2012


  • Casemate walls
  • Gibeon
  • Gob
  • Khirbet Qeiyafa
  • Saul
  • Shoshenq I


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