July 30, 2010

Philistine Temple Uncovered in Goliath's Hometown

From Arutz 7:

"Bar Ilan University archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of a Philistine temple in the ancient city of Gath, home of the Biblical Goliath, buried in one of the largest tels (ancient ruin mounds) in Israel."

The article goes on to note this comment by Professor Aren Maeir, who lead the expedition:

“'Interestingly, the architectural design of this temple, with its two central pillars, is reminiscent of the architectural image that is described in the well-known Biblical story of Samson and the Philistines,' Maeir said. He added that the discovery could indicate that the story of Samson reflects a type of temple that was in use in Philistia at the time."

Read the rest of the article and see more pictures here.