Lanier Theological Lecture: Searching for the Historical King David

Lanier Theological Lecture: Searching for the Historical King David

When: Thursday, September 13, 2018 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Presented by the Alfred & Patricia Smith College of Biblical Studies


Featured Speaker - Yosef Garfinkel

Yosef GarfinkelYosef Garfinkel was born in Israel. He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, earning degrees in Archaeology and Geography (BA), and Prehistory and Biblical Archaeology (MA), and a PhD on the Pottery Neolithic and Early Chalcolithic periods. Since 1993, he has taught archaeology of the Bronze and Iron Periods at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, and Kings College in London. Over the years, he has conducted excavations at various proto-historic sites in Israel, including Yiftahel, Gesher, Tel Ali, Sha'ar Hagolan, Neolithic Ashkelon, and Tel Tsaf.

In 2007, he started the excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, where, for the first time in the archaeology of Israel, a fortified city from the time of King David has been uncovered. From 2013 to 2017, he excavated at the biblical city of Lachish, the second most important city in Judah, after Jerusalem. Since 2015, he has been excavating at Khirbet al-Ra'i, another site in Judah from the time of King David.