Ancient Rock Believed to Offer Key Evidence of Biblical Account

Archaeologists believe the stone’s inscription supports the biblical account of King David’s dynasty. (Photo courtesy the Israel Museum, Jerusalem/Israel Antiquities Authority/photo by Meidad Suchowolski)

Tel Dan Stela. Photo: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem/Israel Antiquities Authority (photograph by Meidad Suchowolski).

The Blaze website has an article up regarding a rock found in Israel. It is currently on display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art which offers, according to archaeology experts, new evidence supporting the Bible’s description of the rule of King David.

Once again, the truth of Biblical history has yet another archaeological find to support what is written! Well, the ultimate Expert is God Himself – Who is the One who carried along the prophets and writers of each book of the Bible, in order to reveal Himself, His Son, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the way to salvation and eternal life. [For more about the Trinity, please see my previous post where the discussion in the post and comment section leads to Scriptural and Creation’s evidence of the Triune nature of God.]

Excerpt from Biblical Archaeology.org:

An extraordinary inscription from Israel referencing the Davidic dynasty is currently on display in New York. Written only about 150 years after King David would have reigned, the inscription is dated to c. 830 B.C.E. The inscription hails from Tel Dan in northern Israel and commemorates the conquests of Hazael, king of Aram-Damascus, enemy of the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Hazael claims to have killed both Jehoram, king of Israel, and Ahaziahu, king of “the House of David”—or Judah. That the nation of Judah is referred to as the “House of David” is significant because it is the only archaeological evidence of a historical David—a belief that had been hotly debated prior to this discovery—thus substantiating part of the Biblical narrative.

Hat tips to both links.

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2 Responses to “Ancient Rock Believed to Offer Key Evidence of Biblical Account”

  1. gmpilot Says:

    Interesting article, but The Blaze, as always, leaves some stuff out.

    The BA article goes on to say this:

    In the carefully incised text written in neat Aramaic characters, the Aramean king boasts that he, under the divine guidance of the god Hadad, vanquished several thousand Israelite and Judahite horsemen and charioteers before personally dispatching both of his royal opponents. Unfortunately, the recovered fragments of the “House of David” inscription do not preserve the names of the specific kings involved in this brutal encounter, but most scholars believe the stela recounts a campaign of Hazael of Damascus in which he defeated both Jehoram of Israel and Ahaziah of Judah. (emphases mine -GM)
    So it appears that David was real. But this stela speaks of his “house”–that is, a relative, or in this case, a descendant. The actual David was of course long dead, as the article relates.
    BTW, what ‘biblical account’ does this stela offer evidence of? It mentions a battle, and that’s all. Only one god is mentioned, and it is not the one ‘who carried along the prophets and writers of each book of the Bible’.
    If anything, it inclines toward the reality of Hadad!

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    • christinewjc Says:

      People who have wanted extra-biblical evidence of Bible history often scoffed about whether or not King David actually lived. The “House of David” proves the fact that he did, indeed, live so the naysayers now have the type of proof that they apparently have needed to stop their negative squawking.

      Just because the text reveals that people of the era also believed in a false god (not news – then or even now) doesn’t take away from the discovery that upholds what the Bible has claimed all along about David.

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