È questa volta la CNN a riproporre il dibattito su Khirbet Qeiyafa: sono davvero resti archeologici del Regno di Giuda?

  1. Now, an archaeological discovery at Khirbet Qeiyafa, in Elah Valley, 30 km from Jerusalem, appears to show signs of a Jewish settlement.

  2. Professor Yosef Garfinkel, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said that evidence found at the site included a single pottery fragment with an inscription believed to be an early form of Hebrew and olive pits dated as 3,000 years old.

  3. He said: "The buildings and the city wall are abutting each other. This is a typical Judan urban concept."

Ma Israel Finkelstein dissente:

  1. Professor Israel Finkelstein, of Tel Aviv University, pointed out that the remains are not evidence of a powerful biblical state.

  2. He said: "We are not talking about some great empire ruled from a wonderful capital, the way we look at Assyria in the 9th century B.C., or even the northern Kingdom of Israel in the 9th century B.C. We are here in a formative phase of the rise of Judah."

  3. Finkelstein added: "Khirbet Qeiyafa does not make Judah a great empire with great armies."

  4. Garfinkel argued that even if it was not the great empire of the bible, its existence is significant.

  5. "What people try to do is say that the Kingdom of Judah didn't exist," he said. "What I am saying is that it existed. It's a small one, not so glorified as the Bible presented”.

Questo il link con le interviste. Cosa ne penso io lo sapete già.