Biblical city Gezer discovered from King Solomon’s era – Arheologii au descoperit un oraş sub ruinele unei cetăţi biblice din timpul lui Solomon

Solomonic gate at Gezer Photo credit Wikimedia

Sursa and photo credit at right, of aerial view of dig.

Dr, Sam Wolff: This summer the ancient city of King Solomon fame has continued to be excavated by a joint expedition of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Israel Antiquities Authority. Solomon’s extensive building projects are recorded in the biblical account where he mentions that he fortified Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer, in addition to the capital city of Jerusalem (1 Kings 9:15-17). While many tourists to Israel visit the archaeological remains of Jerusalem as well as the northern sites of Hazor and Megiddo, Gezer has remained undeveloped since the last major excavations ended in the early 1970s. This is unfortunate since the ancient city guarded the pass up to the capital of Jerusalem and the ancient tell is located in the heart of the country between the cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. This situation has all changed in the past two years.

The renewed excavations coincide with the celebration of the opening of the site by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority as a National Park in 2006. The goals of the renewed excavations are to investigate the major fortification systems on the south edge of the site as well as excavate several cultural horizons in order to better understand the growth and development of the Iron Age city. In addition, the new project is working in conjunction with the Israel National Parks Authority to develop the site for visitors and preserve the site for future generations.

From the Encyclopedia Britannica:

Gezer, modern Tel Gezer,  ancient royal Canaanite city, near present-day Ramla, Israel. Gezer is often mentioned in the Old Testament and in the Egyptian records of the New Kingdom, from Thutmose III (1479–26 bc) to Merneptah (1213–04 bc). Gezer was abandoned about 900 bc and was little occupied thereafter.

The excavations at Gezer sponsored by the Palestine Exploration Fund during 1902–05 and 1907–09 disclosed strata covering most periods from the Neolithic Period to the time of the Maccabees. Excavations were resumed in 1923 and have continued intermittently. In 1957 Yigael Yadin identified a Solomonic wall and gateway; these fortifications are identical in construction with the corresponding Solomonic remains excavated at Megiddo and Hazor.

Tel Gezer. Video. Tim Bulkeley, October 19, 2008. YouTube. (via

Visit Tel Gezer on the edge of the Shephelah in Ancient Judah. The city Pharaoh gave to king Solomon as a wedding present. For more information and photos see and… for details of the archaeology


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Săpăturile arheologice din Israel au dezvăluit un oraş nou sub ruinele unui alt oraş, Gezer, din vremea împăratului Solomon. Este vorba despre un oraş canaanit din perioada pre-Solomon, de existenţa căruia nu se ştia până acum.

Ruinele oraşului necunoscut au fost descoperite pe un şantier arheologic între Tel Aviv şi Ierusalim şi se crede că este mai vechi cu 200 de ani decât Gezer. Aici au fost descoperite vase de ceramică, un sigiliu şi un scarabeu de dimensiuni mari, împreună cu cartuşul regelui Amenhotep al III-lea, care atesta existenţa acestui oraş din regatul lui Israel.

Oraşul Gezer a fost menţionat în Vechiul Testament ca popas pe drumul ce lega Egiptul şi Mesopotamia. În jurul anului 1.400 î.Chr., Gezer, care era capitala regiunii, a ars din temelii. Locuitorii din Geizer au fost canaaniţi, dar artefactele găsite indică legături strânse cu Egiptul. (Traducere Semnele Timpului)

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