will the real king david please stand up?

“The ruins are the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David,” said professors Yossi Garfinkel of Hebrew University and Saar Ganor, who led the excavations. “This is indisputable proof of the existence of a central authority in Judah during the time of King David.”

via Archaeologists say they uncovered King David’s Palace | Fox News.

This is upsetting a lot of people, mainly those who deny the authority of the Word of God.

No, I’m kidding.

But it is upsetting some…

I guess it’s like this for me.

If King Dauid is proved to exist near the 10 century BCE, fine. But that doesn’t make him the giant killing, sister marrying, messianic seeder. That’s right, seeder. Say it out loud. Dauid may exist in some historical record, but David is still a literary contextualization.

So, let’s see!

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

4 thoughts on “will the real king david please stand up?

    1. Oh look, Little Honey Tee Tee has a new moniker…

      Look, Tee Tee… Dauid is the Greek form, transliterated. Further, I did this to draw a line between the two.

      I know nuance is difficult for you.

  1. For me, all this discovery shows is how quick folks are too jump to macro conclusions based on what is essentially point data.

    The pendulumn need not swing from extreme to extreme based on each new data point, or based on data points which might not have been identified yet (that is, as yet un-excavated remains). However, as per usual, it’s the media putting the most momentum unto the swinging of the pendulum.

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