10 Days of Archaeology: Day Two – House of David Inscription

Epic Archaeology‘s superb infographics highlight various archaeological artifacts that relate or even support the biblical narrative. Continuing the “Ten Days of Archaeology” posts featuring some of the infographics Epic Archaeology has produced. here is day two with the “House of David” inscription infographic on the Tel-Dan Stele. Be sure to check out the other infographics at Epic Archaeology.

House of David Inscription

The Tel Dan Stele was discovered in 1993 and is a fragmentary stele, discovered in 1993 in Tel-Dan. A stele is a stone or wooden slab set up as a monument like a gravestone. A tel in archaeology is an mound that grows from generations of people living on the same site for hundreds of years. Tel-Dan Discovered by Gila Cook, a member of an archaeological team lead by Avraham Biran, the pieces having been used to construct an ancient stone wall that survived into modern times.

Here are a couple of short videos discussing this important and amazing discovery:

This video discusses the ancient biblical city of Dan along with the stele discovered there:

The Biblical Archaeological Society which produces the journal Biblical Archaeological Review published an article about the Tel-Dan Inscription. A taste of the article:

Few modern Biblical archaeology discoveries have caused as much excitement as the Tel Dan inscription—writing on a ninth-century B.C. stone slab (or stela) that furnished the first historical evidence of King David from the Bible. The Tel Dan inscription, or “House of David” inscription, was discovered in 1993 at the site of Tel Dan in northern Israel in an excavation directed by Israeli archaeologist Avraham Biran. The broken and fragmentary inscription commemorates the victory of an Aramean king over his two southern neighbors: the “king of Israel” and the “king of the House of David.” 

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