Presenter: Dr. Chris McKinny, PhD
Thursday, July 29, 2021; 7:00-8:00 PM
Virtual Zoom Online Event
The ancient site of Tel Burna (located in the Shephelah (Judean foothills), along the banks of Nahal Guvrin, not far from modern-day Qiryat Gat, Israel) was occupied from c. 3000 to 400 BCE with major activity in the Late Bronze Age (c. 1550–1200 BCE) and Iron Age II (c. 1000–586 BCE). Significantly, these periods align with the historical periods of the Kingdom of Judah and the preceding Canaanite city-state kingdoms of the end of the Bronze Age. Tel Burna is most likely the site of Libnah, which is mentioned a number of times in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (Josh 10:29, 31–32, 39; 12:15; 15:42; 21:13; 2 Kgs 8:22; 19:8; 23:31; 24:18; 1 Chr 6:57; 2 Chr 21:10; Isa 37:8; Jer 52:1). Our ongoing excavation and research of Tel Burna has focused on a variety of issues including Canaanite cultic activity and worship, the relationship between the Philistines and the Judahites, administration and fortifications from the time of the kingdom of Judah, and the relationship of the site to the biblical account. Discover a real working dig site!
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