Monday, December 15, 2008

On the death of Prof. Avraham Biran

There was an interesting obituary in Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herod of a Jewish archaeologist and diplomat, Prof. Avraham Biran, who

in 1993, [with] his team uncovered what seemed to be the first extra-biblical reference to King David. On a 30-centimetre-long basalt slab, they found a ninth-century BC Aramaic inscription in which a king from Damascus boasts of vanquishing the rulers of "Israel" and an entity apparently called "Beit David".

Could this, wondered Biran, be the House of David that governed ancient Judah from Jerusalem? If so, the upright slab tallied with accounts in the Book of Kings and made the putative [?????] ancestor of Jesus real to Christians.
Reginaldvs Cantvar
15.XII.2008 A.D.

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