K.B.| The left has been questioning and trying to discredit the Bible every chance they get, but what they don’t seem to be aware of is the fact that proof of the Bible exists. There are some historians who don’t actually see the Bible as a credible source of history due to the lack of evidence which proves that cities and events in the book actually existed. The left even questions that important Biblical figures such as King Saul and King David ever even existed.
Professor Avraham Faust, of Bar-Ilan University, explained that the very existence of King David has been debated for the last 25 years. Faust and his colleagues may have found something that, when combined with other archeological findings, may prove that King David actually existed.
The team unearthed a site at Tel ‘Eton within a valley that was close to the Hebron hills of Israel. Scholars believe that this is the location of the Biblical city of Elon.
Eglon was one of five cities that were taken over by Joshua. These cities were later listed as part of Judah’s inheritance.
In Joshua 10, the king of Eglon is one of the five kings who tried (and failed) to overtake the city of Gibeon. It is later mentioned in Joshua 15:20 and 39, “This was the inheritance of the tribe of the people of Judah according to their clans… Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon, Cabon, Lahman, Chitlish.”
Scholars believe that the site discovered by Faust and his colleagues is the city of Eglon based on the location and carbon dating. The structure found was dated back to the 10th century which is when, according to the Bible, King David was ruling over God’s people.
No artifacts were found with King David’s name inscribed on it. They did, however, find other clues that led them to believe that the city was under rule by the Israelis.
Faust stated at the time, “We discovered at the site signs of a social transformation the region underwent, including the construction of a large edifice in a plan known to archaeologists as ‘the four-room house’ which is common in Israel but is rare to non-existent elsewhere. This seems to indicate that the inspiration or cause for the transformations are to be sought in the highland. The association with David is not based on any archaeological evidence but on circumstantial grounds only. Since the source of the change seems to be in the highlands, and since it took place at the time when David was supposed to have existed, the link is plausible.”
Researchers also found pottery, loom weights, and arrowheads. They believe that the Assyrians destroyed the entire city in 701 BCE.
There are many archaeologists who would claim that Faust is working too hard to prove things found in the Bible due to his personal beliefs. Dr. Eliat Mazar stated, “Archaeology does not begin with a belief and the Bible and then search for proof. We first find evidence and then try to understand the truth behind the evidence.”