Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tel Dan

This is a newly excavated city which has been found by the headwaters of the Jordan River. There are many Bible references to this city. A fascinating find here is a piece of fossilized tablet from the second half of the ninth century BC. Carved onto it is an inscription of Hazael, King of Damascus, he is boasting of his victory over the king of Israel and the king of the house of David. This is the first time that the words "house of David" have been discovered outside of the Bible. The alter in the picture was where sacrifices of the Priests of Baal were made. This is a very interesting place!