TALK SHOW GUEST: Zvi Koenigsberg
A recent report of an excavation team from the Israel Antiquities Authority has discovered an ancient ceramic jar inscribed with the name of a “powerful figure,” dating back to the First Temple Period.
The jar- containing the name Eshba’al Ben Bada,’ written in Canaanite script- was uncovered in Khirbet Qeiyafa, Israel, the place thought to be where the ancient Israelite city of Sha’arayim (repeatedly mentioned in the Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible)- is located.
The name “Eshba’al” references the fourth son of King Saul mentioned in the book of Chronicles in the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible. Eshba’al means, “man of Ba’al” – Ba’al being the Canaanite storm god- and is very unusual because it was rarely used by the ancient Israelites at the time.
Another important implication of the excavation site is that it’s located in the Valley of Elah, an area associated with the famous Biblical battle between David and Goliath. Continue Reading →