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.
Zvi Koenigsberg- independent scholar and author of the Lost Temple of Israel, says the discovery, “Is certainly one of the most exciting excavations in modern times, setting to rest, first and foremost, the reticence of many in academia to see any kind of historical relevance to the early Israelite kingdom of David. It also pushes the evidence for written Hebrew further back in history, so that some of the claims and assumptions I make in my book, “The Lost Temple of Israel” are not quite as far-fetched as they seem at first glance.” I expect further excavations in that area will reveal even more examples of written- or rather carved, text- which will shed light on even more aspects of that previously, almost hidden period of time.”
Having earned the respect of scholars in a variety of academic fields, Zvi Koenigsberg is a real-life Indiana Jones with an engaging personality who is publishing this groundbreaking work after 30 years of research that began with an excavation in Israel. Zvi Koenigsberg- part of the team that assisted the archaeological dig and was instrumental in putting the facts together to prove it is The Lost Temple of Israel.
Koenigsberg is familiar with the Temple period of antiquity. He became “infected” with the archaeology bug almost from the moment he arrived in Israel. The day after he arrived was the day the Western Wall in Jerusalem was conquered on June 7, 1967, by Israeli paratroopers. His research was mentored by the late Professor Benjamin Mazar, who befriended him and who shared with him a vast knowledge and understanding. Mazar, a one-time president of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, conducted excavations of the area surrounding the Western Wall. Zvi’s decade of work with Dr. Mazar provided him with an education that transcended the usual classroom experience.
The research and ideas contained within The Lost Temple of Israel, are being quoted by some of Israel’s most distinguished professors of Judaica. Purchase on: http://thelosttemple.com/