‘And Solomon Built Gezer’

View of the Solomonic Gate from inside the city, looking toward Jerusalem

For the past 30 years, certain scholars have discredited the Solomonic dating of the famous six-chambered gate at Tel Gezer, saying it was built after his time. However, two recent academic papers published in the Jerusalem Journal of Archaeology have produced clear evidence that Gezer was indeed built up during King Solomon’s time.

On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal takes you on a tour of Gezer, highlighting the latest evidence supporting Solomonic-period construction.

Let the Stones Speak

Show notes

Uncovering the Bible’s Buried Cities: Gezer

Pharaoh’s Fury: Merneptah’s Destruction of Gezer

Ortiz, S. M. & Wolff, S. R., 2021. New Evidence for the 10th Century B.C.E at Tel Gezer. Jerusalem Journal of Archaeology, 1 , pp. 221-240.

Dever, W. G., 2021. Solomon, Scripture, and Science: The Rise of the Judahite State in the 10th Century B.C.E. Jerusalem Journal of Archaeology, 1 , pp. 102-125.