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Has Solomon’s palace been found?

Solomon's gate Tel Gezer IsraelArchaeologists excavating Gezer, Israel, have unearthed a palace they believe dates back to the 10th century BC. The structure is much larger than typical homes of the day which leads them to believe it had to be the home of a king of Israel, most likely Solomon.

Other clues that it had to be Solomon’s is the Philistine pottery found on the site. Additionally, 1 Kings 9:15-17 tells us that a Pharaoh burned Gezer to the ground when it was in the possession of Canaanites, then he gave Gezer to Solomon’s Egyptian wife (Pharaoh’s daughter) and Solomon rebuilt the whole city. There is also evidence that the building had been attacked with several rooms destroyed, which they believe is verification of Shishak’s Egyptian invasion of Israel under Solomon’s son Rehoboam as recorded in 2 Chron. 12.

I believe we can consider this yet another interesting find to verify the historical accuracy of the Bible that also speaks to the believability of its spiritual aspects. Even though our faith does not require this find, it does act as an added bonus to the already plentiful body of evidence.

Source: Hazel Torres, ‘Solomon’s Palace’ discovered in Israel, showing another proof that Bible passages were based on actual historical events, ChristianToday.com, September 4, 2016.

 

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