Discovery of ‘Astonishing’ Fortification From Solomon’s Time Confirms Biblical History

TIMNA VALLEY, Israel – Archaeologists have discovered a 3,000-year-old military fortification in Israel that dates to the reign of King Solomon and provides evidence that the biblical king ruled over an advanced, wealthy kingdom.

Writing in “The Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports,” a team of researchers from Tel Aviv University describe recent findings from Israel’s Timna Valley, which is located in far southern Israel. Thanks to its exceptionally dry climate, many ancient structures and artifacts dating to Bible times have been exquisitely preserved there.

The Tel Aviv University researchers were particularly interested in the remains of a gatehouse from the 10th century B.C. that was associated with copper ore mines.

“The results of excavations in the gatehouse complex of one of the largest smelting camps in Timna Valley provide various new insights on the early Iron Age (10th c. BCE) copper production system and the society behind it,” the researchers wrote in their journal article. “The two-room gatehouse was a prominent landmark and used for defense and deterrence, indicating a period of instability and military threats.”

The “astonishing preservation” of the gatehouse gives archaeologists a unique window into the culture and customs of a “sophisticated ancient society,” a statement from Tel Aviv University said. Livestock pens, a variety of seeds and grains, animal bone fragments, and other artifacts and materials were also unearthed at the site.

“While there is no explicit description of ‘King Solomon’s mines’ in the Old Testament, there are references to military conflicts between Israel and the Edomites in the Arava Valley,” said Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef, one of the leaders of the Timna Valley research team.

Rich in copper ore, the Timna Valley has long been the site of extensive mining operations. To date, over 10,000 mining shafts have been found in the area.

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“An advanced military fortification—a well-defined gatehouse complex—unearthed recently at Timna, including donkey stables, points to the community’s highly-organized defense system and significant dependence on long-distance trade,” the university’s statement announced.

Although the Bible never mentions mines in the times of King Solomon, it does describe his extraordinary wealth.

“Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,” 1 Kings 10 states. “Beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of the spice merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the country.”

Archaeology continues to confirm and bring to life the Bible’s historical accounts, Ben-Yosef commented.

“According to the Bible, David traveled hundreds of miles outside of Jerusalem and engaged in military conflict in the desert—striking down ‘18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt,’” Ben-Yosef said. “Now, having found evidence of defensive measures—a sophisticated fortification—we understand what must have been at stake for him in this remote region: copper.”

“The historical accuracy of the Old Testament accounts is debated, but archaeology can no longer be used to contradict them,” he added. “On the contrary, our new discoveries are in complete accordance with the description of military conflicts against a hierarchical and centralized society located south of the Dead Sea.”


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  • Cady555

    All that is “proved” is that people lived in that region of the mideast 3000, that they mined copper and they fought each other. None of this is shocking.

    Nothing here provides one shred of evidence to confirm any biblical story. Human beings were in that region behaving like human are known to have behaved. Wow. That’s like a future archeologist declaring the Hazel from the book Watership Down to be real because evidence for rabbits was found on a hill in Great Britain.

    • p78

      no where in the article is the word PROOF ever used! the word EVIDENCE is used in relation to a biblical King.

      The find has been dated to a time when King Solomon was supposed to have ruled.

      The article adds the caveat “The historical accuracy of the Old Testament accounts is debated…….”

      I suggest you take that bug out of your ass or the chip off your shoulder and learn how to read.

      • Cady555

        “Discovery of ‘Astonishing’ Fortification From Solomon’s Time Confirms Biblical History”

        This is the headline. It is not an accurate assessment of the facts. This archeological find does not confirm the bible.

        “… and provides evidence that the biblical king ruled over an advanced, wealthy kingdom.”

        No. The archeological find does not provide evidence concerning any king mentioned in the bible.

        “Archaeology continues to confirm and bring to life the Bible’s historical accounts, ”

        Yes, archeology does shed light on how people lived. But No, it does not “confirm” biblical accounts.

        The most one could say is that biblical accounts are not disproved, but that does not mean that any biblical account is confirmed. I suggest you learn what constitutes evidence for a specific claim.

        • p78

          If its dated to the time of Solomon then it is EVIDENCE in the sense that the infrastructure to support the claims of wealth attributed to him was PRESENT.

          This is what the article is claiming that the INFRASTRUCTURE required to support such wealth has been found.

          The statement “Archaeology continues to confirm and bring to life the Bible’s historical accounts” is talking in general terms i.e this and other archealogic finds

          • james blue

            The word “confirm” isn’t a general term. It establishes previous suspicions or theories as fact.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Archaeology always confirms that the Biblical text is true.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Oh really? Which text is proven true by this discovery?

      • George Fillin

        Read the whole article. As well as go and research the referenced other discoveries.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          So, none then. Got it.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Conclusions: Christians are good and right and have life. Atheists are wrong and abysmal. Psalm chapter 14 and John chapter 3 and Romans chapter 8.

        • Chris

          Have you ever read of the archaeological discoveries in Israel by professional archaeologists? I have.

          Just a few instances.
          1) Jericho was abandoned for over a hundred years by the time that Joshua is supposed to have entered Canaan.
          2) There is no evidence for millions of Hebrews wandering around the Sinai desert.
          3) At the time when the Hebrews were supposed to have entered Canaan to escape the Egyptians, Canaan was controlled by Egypt.

          Would you like me to go on?

          • Flynn Flanders

            Here’s the funny thing to me. I’ve read a boat load about archeology in the region and NOBODY agrees about everything. Most of what you cited above is theory.

            1) Jericho was abandoned in what year BC? And what year did Joshua enter Canaan? Nobody really knows. As you just said there is no archeological record to go on.

            2) There is no evidence of the Hebrews walking around the Sinai because the evidence shows that Moses and the Hebrews crossed the Gulf of Aqaba at Nuweibaa into what is now Saudi Arabia. THAT is where they spent their time. There are granite pillars, one still standing, on both sides of the crossing site believed to be erected by King Solomon.

            3) See the above.

            Yes, please go on.

          • Chris

            “Here’s the funny thing to me. I’ve read a boat load about archeology in the region and NOBODY agrees about everything.”

            Two points:

            1) It depends what is being discussed. If it’s a subject which is just being investigated then yes, disagreements will be many.

            2) There are somethings such as the dating of Jericho which is pretty settled. Has been since the time of Kathleen Kenyon.

            “Most of what you cited above is theory.”

            I don’t think you understand how science uses that term. In science the term ‘theory’ doesn’t mean wild guess. It means an explanation which incorporates all known evidence.

            “1) Jericho was abandoned in what year BC?”

            Bronze-Age Jericho fell in the 16th century at the end of the Middle
            Bronze Age, the calibrated carbon remains from its City-IV destruction
            layer dating to 1617–1530 BCE. Notably this carbon dating c. 1573 BCE confirmed the accuracy of the stratigraphical dating c. 1550 by Kenyon.

            “And what year did Joshua enter Canaan? Nobody really knows.”

            Well Moses is reported in the bible to have led the Hebrews out of Egypt, and mention is made of Ramesses [or, as we know it Pi-Ramses] Exodus 1: 11 & 12: 37 – a city built by Ramses the great.

            In addition we have the Israel stele made during the reign of Merneptah. Put the two together and you would have the exodus occuring [if it happened at all] during the reign of Ramesses the second and the wandering in the desert also during his reign and perhaps into the reign of Mernaptah. But during this era Canaan was controlled by Egypt as the Israel stele makes very clear. Also during this time Jericho was abandoned and would be until the 10th century BCE.

            “As you just said there is no archeological record to go on.”

            No I wrote there is no archaeological record to go on for their wandering in the desert. Obviously, since Jericho exists there is an archaeological record but support for the exodus is scant to non-existent.

            2) “There is no evidence of the Hebrews walking around the Sinai because the evidence shows that Moses and the Hebrews crossed the Gulf of Aqaba at Nuweibaa into what is now Saudi Arabia. THAT is where they spent their time.”

            Except the book of Exodus mentions their route including water holes which were used. Those water holes are still known and are NOT in Saudi Arabia.

            Exodus also mentions reeds growing in the area. That’s what the ‘red sea’ means in Hebrew – the sea of reeds. Reeds don’t grow in salt water. That would eliminate the gulf of Aqaba.

            “3) See the above.”

            I suggest you look up Israel Finkelstein on youtube. He’s an Israeli archaeologist with decades of experience and get the truth from the horses mouth so to speak.

            While you’re at it look up the videos “It ain’t necessarily so 1” and “The walls come tumblin’ down 2”. They’ll provide an update on the findings of modern archaeology.

          • Chris

            Let’s examine the exodus story a little more shall we? The sites of ancient Israel are Canaanite, their pottery is Canaanite, their cult objects are Canaanite, even the alphabet used is ancient Canaanite. Even the name Israel means ‘Fighters for El’. El is a Canaanite God.

            Now if this was any other group of people you’d admit quite happily that it was obvious that those people were Canaanites. But because it’s the ancient Hebrews objections are raised. Is that fair?

          • Chet

            Thanks, but no need, as we prefer to believe God’s Word, the Holy Bible, as written.

          • Chris

            Just a couple of points.
            1) The bible is claimed, by those who wrote it, to be God’s word.
            2) If it is God’s word and is to be understood literally then it should agree with the discoveries in archaeology. If it doesn’t then either a) It is NOT God’s word or b) It shouldn’t be taken literally.

          • Chet

            The Holy Bible was written by men of God who were moved upon by the blessed Holy Spirit. Every word is God-breathed, fully inspired and none is of man’s own imagination, purpose or doing.

            Where does the Word of God differ from archaeology?

            Indeed God’s Word is to be rightly divided and understood precept by precept, line by line, here a little, there a little. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” II Timothy 3:16.

            Respectfully, I’ve never known of a man on his death bed inquiring about archaeology, i.e., dinosaurs and cave men etc., nor that he wished he had spent more time in the office. What is most commonly sought is one’s understanding and ability to gain peace with holy God and to have forgiveness for all one’s lifetime of myriad sins. And such only comes via the Son of God, who is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ and His death on Calvary’s Cross on behalf of all us sinners… Jesus saves from the guttermost to the uttermost and never turns a repentant sinner away, but, rather, welcomes each one with open arms as He bids them come unto me…

          • Chris

            “The Holy Bible was written by men of God who were moved upon by the
            blessed Holy Spirit. Every word is God-breathed, fully inspired and
            none is of man’s own imagination, purpose or doing.”

            Why then does Paul say that such and such an idea comes from him and NOT from God? And then we have the contradictions in the gospels such as the time of the crucifixion. The scriptures just do not bare out your statement.

            “Where does the Word of God differ from archaeology?”

            I’ll repeat what I wrote before “Just a few instances.
            1) Jericho was abandoned for over a hundred years by the time that Joshua is supposed to have entered Canaan.
            2) There is no evidence for millions of Hebrews wandering around the Sinai desert.
            3) At the time when the Hebrews were supposed to have entered Canaan to escape the Egyptians, Canaan was controlled by Egypt.”

            Would you like some more?

            Respectfully, I’ve never known of a man on his death bed inquiring about archaeology,
            i.e., dinosaurs and cave men etc., nor that he wished he had spent more
            time in the office.”

            Which is why we should be concerned about evidence while we can.

            “What is most commonly sought is one’s understanding and ability to gain peace with holy God and to have forgiveness for all one’s lifetime of myriad sins.”

            That depends on the religion one believes in. A Buddhist would more likely be reviewing their life and their karmic debt. A Hindu, someone who follows the Native religions, and so on, would have other reactions.

            “And such only comes via the Son of God, who is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ and His death on Calvary’s Cross on behalf of all us sinners….”

            Unfortunately the bible isn’t clear on WHY Jesus dying saves anyone. Early Christians thought Jesus’ death paid a ransom to the devil. Luther thought Jesus’ death paid a ransom to God. Others have had other ideas and each one has problems associated with it.

          • Chet

            When one studies to show himself approved unto God and rightly divides the Word of God one can indeed understand exactly why the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the true and living God, willingly gave His life’s blood on Calvary’s Cross. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” II Peter 3:9, Holy Bible.

            You cited three “religions” as being comparable to the relationship provided via Christ and Christ alone with his Father, Holy God Almighty. No “religion” saves any man’s eternal soul and Christianity is not about “religion”, but, rather, relationship. Christ exclaimed very clearly “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me” John 14:6. Within those “religions” and among any other, none has the object of the faith to be one who willingly laid down his sinless life on behalf of all men, sinners, each and every one, without exception, much less so was resurrected three days later and lives evermore to make intercession for His own.. You might also note the most popular “religion” nowadays showing how vainly their adherents seek to please the object of their faith via their own good works, i.e., suicide bombings, mercilessly maiming, crippling and raping others and even in outright murder of the helpless among them. In “religion” men reach upward vainly hoping to find favor while with God Almighty, of the Holy Bible, all the work that ever needs to be done was done at Calvary as Holy God reached down to all us sinners in offering His only prescribed plan of salvation…

            By God’s great mercy, grace and love towards each and every one of us sinners, we can, via repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ on the Cross and in His resurrection, gain eternal life. When the Christian snaps-out into eternity upon drawing his last breath, that believer is ushered into the very presence of God, while his body is buried or cremated etc. In that prepared place for prepared people known as Heaven there is everlasting joy and thanksgiving to the One who made it all possible, Christ, and in no wise via any efforts or good works on the part of any man, anywhere, period.

            For the unredeemed man, unsaved and lost in his sins, the outcome is very different. At death, he opens his eyes in th emadhouse of humanity, the place of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth round the clock amid blood curdling screams for mercy with absolutely no way out, ever. This awful place is Hell and all who go there do so a their own choice in rejecting God’s simple plan of salvation and not because God didn’t love them, nor because He didn’t care. The Lord has done all He can do but man must exercise his freedom of choice and come to Christ in faith and repentance, no good works applicable…

          • Chris

            “When one studies to show himself approved unto God and rightly
            divides the Word of God one can indeed understand exactly why the Lord
            Jesus Christ, Son of the true and living God, willingly gave His life’s
            blood on Calvary’s Cross.”

            Really? So all the many Christians who’ve come up with differing ideas didn’t study the bible? Really?

            “You cited three “religions” as being comparable to the relationship provided via Christ and Christ alone with his Father, Holy God Almighty.”

            Incorrect. I cited three religions to show that people who are dying do NOT invariable think of their sins and try and get right with God.

            “Within those “religions” and among any other, none has the object of the
            faith to be one who willingly laid down his sinless life on behalf of
            all men, sinners, each and every one, without exception, much less so
            was resurrected three days later and lives evermore to make intercession
            for His own..”

            And Christianity doesn’t have an answer for karmic Debt and so on. Sorry but just because you look at things through a Christian filter does NOT make Christianity true.

            The rest of your post was one unsupported assertion after another. I’m sure you believe such assertions are true. But just because you believe something does NOT make it a fact.

            I also noticed that you didn’t respond to most of my previous post. Why?

          • Chet

            Sir, somehow I only saw this post. God gives each man the freedom of choice, thus, all men determine their own eternal destiny. For the saved (in Christ) it’s Heaven, for the lost, (in sin) it’s Hell. Simple as that. I’ll gladly cast my lot, so to speak, with the precious shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ upon my eternal soul, washing me whiter than snow from all my myriad sins… Choose wisely, Sir. Thanks for the exchange of views and God bless…

          • Chris

            Thank you as well for your politeness. Have a great day.

          • bob rabot

            Hahahahaha! sorry, could not help it 🙂

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        All of them. Regressed secular Westerners hate the Holy Bible though their civilization stands on it. That proves the Holy Bible is all the more special and absolutely correct in everything. Criminals hate justice.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Sigh. I really don’t know why I bother.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You guys should stop bullying and start studying the Holy Bible with an honest heart. The Holy Bible alone beats slave owners and bullies of any kind all the time.

  • james blue

    Does finding the Titanic confirm the story of kate and leo from the Titanic movie?

    • Cady555

      Exactly.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      So many people died from the Titanic accident. Stop insulting the dead. You secularists have no sense of respect whatsoever.

      • james blue

        ?????????

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          You should remember the actual victims and not the cartoon characters when you remember the tragic Titanic accident of a century ago.

          • james blue

            I know English is not your first language, so I make allowances, but you really missed the point by a few hundred miles.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Remember the real victims, not the trashy movie. The Titanic incident wasn’t like the recent Hollywood movie as all other historical things are not. Modern secular Westerners are incapable of remembering their forefathers or ancestors accurately. Hollywood movies are fake works that insult all the people of yesteryears. Hollywood is drugged and is never serious on anything. Comedians.

  • Emmanuel

    They can dig up all the evidence and prove the Bible to be true but, that will not matter. It’s a spiritual thing. When people address their spirit, then they will not need hard evidence.

    • Hemchand Rallapalli

      true…

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Yes, but the hard evidences help. We have God’s rich wonder world to explore.

      • Emmanuel

        I agree. But it starts with heart and soul.

  • NCOriolesFan

    Wow, cool. One of these days visiting Israel is on my bucket list, preferably at Christmas.

    • DawnJ

      Do it. It’s an experience of a lifetime.

      • NCOriolesFan

        I’d love too. The only obstacle is time off work to go.

        I gather you’ve been there.

  • Amos Moses

    Satire ………

    Ken Ham To Star In ‘Night At The Creation Museum’
    February 6, 2017

    • TheKingOfRhye

      Ken Ham doesn’t need to be satirized, he does that well enough by himself.

  • Tangent002

    The collected works of Shakespeare mention actual historical events. That doesn’t mean Oberon is the King of the Faeries, however.

  • Nancy Garcia

    I think it is awesome because the more that is found the more it is realized the Bible is a Historical Document! God is REAL! Mt. Sinai is in Saudi Arabia and the REd Sea crossing is in the Sea of Aqaba=Red Sea other side of Egypt!!!

  • It’s interesting that every time ancient foundations are discovered or unearthed tends to “prove” some story in the Bible. Actually, it only proves that people built fortifications in those days and that they were laid out in an intelligent manner. They certainly should be because they’d been doing that for centuries before.

    No one disputes that there was a king Solomon. The dispute is in the details of biblical text (who did what when and what they said).

  • MamaC

    Nothing comes close to the Shroud of Turin. Study that for a while and let your mind be blown.