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WFP: Discovery of biblical city shares local connection

August 17, 2015 — 

Haskel Greenfield, professor of anthropology at the Near East and biblical archaeology lab in St. Paul’s College, was part of a team that recently discovered the ancient city of Gath. Winnipeg Free Press writer Alexandra Paul shares the story:

Goliath strode through this gate before David slew him; David himself threw a fit of madness, scratching the same gate, seeking sanctuary from King Saul’s wrath, according to the Bible’s Old Testament.

For decades, a team of archaeologists from all over the world has poked, dug, and peeled back a cap of mud brick, bit by bit, at this site of the ancient city of Gath, halfway between Jerusalem and Ashkelon in central Israel.

The discovery last month of the fortified walls and entrance gate to the Iron Age city, at the time when Goliath lived and David ruled Israel, was big news.

Read the full story from the Winnipeg Free Press.

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