In the last few weeks there have been a number of articles written about the discovery of King David’s palace and John D. Currid has added one more to the mix. He has written a short article about this discovery that highlights some common realities of archeology itself. In the world of archeology, it is common for archeologists to engage in speculation about the significance of a new discovery when there is very little physical evidence to support those speculations. Most archeologists make it clear when they have entered the realm of speculation but because their speculations often embody the most spectacular aspects of their discovery, it is the speculation that is most frequently reported. Often by the time these speculations have made it through a reporter’s filter, they often taken on the allure of true fact. When new discoveries are announced, we also hear from the critics in the field who raise their doubts about the legitimacy of any speculation, and sometimes even the legitimacy of the physical evidence itself. Frequently, the most ardent opposition comes from those automatically reject any claim that appears to support the narrative of Scripture. Some who work in the field of Ancient Near Eastern archeology have developed a strong an anti-Bible bias that colors almost everything they publish. For these scholars, overwhelming evidence is required before any discovery that supports the narrative of Scripture is acknowledged; and even in the light of overwhelming evidence they sometimes still refuse to acknowledge discoveries that give support to the biblical narrative. When a news of a new archeological discovery breaks, we are often find ourselves trying to filter between fact and fiction that comes to us from two opposing sources. Some of it is overly optimistic and some of it is overly pessimistic but rarely do we hear much about the middle ground and usually it is upon that middle ground where the truth can be found. John D. Currid’s article is one of the few that tries to find that middle ground and is worth a look.
Here is a good article written by Luke Chandler, one of the members of the excavation team at Khirbet Qeiyafa. It includes many of the details that are not covered in recent news articles and is a good source for those who want to know more about this particular discovery.