Archaeologists Uncover Fortress from Judges Period

Reported by Jess Drummond | vision.org.au
Monday, August 31st, 2020

A fortress from the time of the biblical book of Judges has been uncovered by archaeologists.

The 3,200-year-old Canaanite fortress was discovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority and student volunteers.

It dates to the 12th century B.C. and would have been used during the era of Judges, when “there was no king in Israel”.

Archaeologists told Christian Headlines, the fortress provides understanding of the geopolitical reality described in the Book of Judges.

It was a time when the Canaanites, Israelites, and Philistines were fighting each other.

Although Israel was ordered by God to conquer the entire land, the passage in Judges 1: 28-29 says the Israelites pressed the Canaanites into forced labour but never drove them out completely.

The glimpse into a relatively unknown period in the history of Israel is hoped to prove an attraction for tourists.

 

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