3,000-Year-Old Head Depicts Biblical King – But Which King Is it?

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By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “[Yoav’s men] came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maacah; they threw up a siegemound against the city and it stood against the rampart. All the troops with Yoav were engaged in battering the wall.” II Samuel 20:15. A recently revealed archaeological find may allow modern day people to see what a Biblical king looked like but a mystery still remains: which Biblical king is he? [Photo top right: Glass head of mystery king (Photo from Facebook Tel Abel Beth Maacah)].  The head, made of faience, a glass-like material that was popular in jewelry and small human and animal figurines in ancient Egypt and the Near East, went on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem ten days ago.  It was discovered July 2017 on a joint project by Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical Christian university in Southern California, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at Tel Abel Beth Maacah in Northern Israel just south of Israel’s border with Lebanon, near the modern-day town of Metula, a location that is mentioned in the Bible.

Ben-hadad responded to King Asa’s request; he sent his army commanders against the towns of Yisrael and captured Ijon, DanAbel-beth-maacah, and all Chinneroth, as well as all the land of NaftaliI Kings 15:20

The head, measuring 2.2 inches x 2 inches, appears to have broken off from the body of a figurine that stood 8-10 inches high. Read the full story.



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