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Exposing David's Ziklag: a case for Khirbet al-Ra'i

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posted on 2022-03-28, 02:43 authored by Patricia Yolanda Dean
According to the Bible, Ziklag was David's base of operations prior to his rise to power before moving to Hebron, where he became the Judahite monarch (1 Sam 27, 2 Sam 2:1-3). David served as a vassal to the Philistines during his one year and four months stay at Ziklag in Philistine territory (1 Sam 27:6-7). Identifying Ziklag's modern correlate is of great importance because it will supplement the biblical portrayal of this time period, and especially the nature and location of Ziklag. Twelve sites have been proposed as Ziklag, including the latest, Khirbet al-Ra'i, an identication that was proposed by the directors of the ongoing archeological project at the site...


Table of Contents

1. Introduction, context, aim and methodology -- 2. Proposed sites from previous studies -- 3. Analysis of biblical texts -- 4. Ziklag, David and the Bible -- 5. Geographic analysis -- 6. Criteria for a site to be identified as Ziklag -- 7. Analysis of proposed ancient sites for Ziklag -- 8. Comparison grid -- 9. Summary and conclusions.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 71-82

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Ancient History

Department, Centre or School

Department of Ancient History

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Kyle Henry Keimer


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