Staff. “The Tel Dan Inscription: The First Historical Evidence of King David from the Bible.” Biblical Archaeology Society. 22 Oct 2013. http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/artifacts-and-the-bible/the-tel-dan-inscription-the-first-historical-evidence-of-the-king-david-bible-story/. Accessed 11 Oct 2014.
The Tel Dan Inscription: The First Historical Evidence of King David from the Bible
Few Biblical archaeology discoveries have attracted as much attention as the Tel Dan inscription, or “House of David” inscription
The “House of David” inscription had its skeptics, however, especially the so-called Biblical minimalists, who attempted to dismiss the “House of David” reading as implausible and even sensationalistic. In a famous BAR article, Philip Davies argued that the Hebrew term bytdwd referred to a specific place (akin to bytlhm for Bethlehem) rather than the ancestral dynasty of David. Such skepticism aside, however, most Biblical scholars and archaeologists readily accepted that the Tel Dan stela had supplied the first concrete proof of a historical King David from the Bible, making it one of the top Biblical archaeology discoveries reported in BAR.