On October 31, 2005, I published an article announcing the discovery of the remains of David’s palace in Jerusalem by Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar. The announcement of Mazar’s discovery was based on a news report about the finding (to read the article, click here).
In another article dated November 4, 2005, I wrote that the discovery of a bulla containing the name of Shevi, the father of Shelemiah, and the grandfather of Jehucal was important because this information does not appear in the Old Testament (to read this article, click here). On a subsequent article published on November 7, 2005, I wrote about a note I received from Mazar in which she confirmed that the bulla mentions the name of Jehucal’s grandfather, something that does not occur in other bullae (to read this article, click here).
Eilat Mazar has now published an article detailing the reasons she believes the building she discovered south of the Temple Mount was David’s palace. Her article, “Did I Find King David’s Palace?” was published in the January/February 2006 issue of the Biblical Archaeology Review. I encourage you to read Mazar’s article. You will discover how she arrived at the conclusion as to where David’s palace was (to read the article online, click here).
For those who are interested in knowing more about the archaeology of the Bible, I strongly recommend that you subscribe to the Biblical Archeology Review. The magazine is for the serious reader who is not afraid to deal with the serious issues that, at times, are raised by archaeological discoveries (if you want to subscribe to the magazine, click here).
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary