Lecture Listening Guides
by Dr. David Capes
Lecturer: Yosef Garfinkel
Title: Searching for Historical King David: Khirbet Qeiyafa & Khirbet al Ra’i
Date: September 15, 2018
- (From the introduction) What are minimalist and maximalist paradigms (models) to history?
- (From the introduction) What view of “king” David does archaeologist Israel Finkelstein espouse?
- Where is the area known as the Levant? What countries are there today?
- David is typically dated to 1000 BC. How have historians figured out when David lived?
- What scientific proof of David’s existence was discovered and published in 1993?
- What is the “low chronological” paradigm of David?
- What are the two kinds of walls built in fortified cities in the Levant?
- Why is a destruction layer an archaeological goldmine?
- Why is Khirbet Qeiyafa so significant?
- Once it became clear that David really existed and that the city known today as Khirbet Qeiyafa was a fortified city from the time of king David, what argument did “minimalists’ make about the city’s inhabitants at the time of David?
- Why does Garfinkel say that the urban planning demonstrates that Khirbet Qeiyafa was a Judean city, not a Philistine or Canaanite city?
- Why does Garfinkel say that cooking habits demonstrate that Khirbet Qeiyafa was a Judean city?
- What does Garfinkel say that the finger impressions and stamps on ceramic vessels indicate that Khirbet Qeiyafa was a Judean city?
- What does Garfinkel say about inscriptions discovered in Khirbet Qeiyafa?
- What does Garfinkel say about the geopolitical location of Khirbet Qeiyafa?
- What does Garfinkel say about the cult objects found at Khirbet Qeiyafa?
- What is similar/different between Khirbet al Ra’I and Khirbet Qeiyafa?
- Why is it important to have two cities/villages that come from the time of King David?