Sheffield Biblical Studies has commented on the deep rooted ideological issues relating to the archaeological site Tel es-Safi (“Gath”) and the removal of Palestinians from there in 1948. This follows a disappointingly dismissive response by Tel es-Safi archaeologist Aren Maeir to an earlier summary on Remnant of Giants of the political background of the excavation and of the occlusion of any such background in an Associated Press report.
Have a read of the comments at Sheffield Biblical Studies,which, with typical Sheffieldian political insight, gets right at the central issues involved: “Remnant of Giants, pure motives and structure”.
- “Aren Maeir: ‘The so-called political issues that are supposedly raised by the remnants of giants blog are, you’ll excuse me, ludicrous!’”
- “Goliath of Gath/Tel es-Safi in the News” and “Facts on the Ground at Tel es-Safi (“Gath”)” (on the archaeological dig at Tel es-Safi, misleadingly identified as “biblical Gath”)
- Ethnic Cleansing of Khirbat Zakariyya allows for excavation of site mentioned in David and Goliath story, Tel Zakariyya (“Azekah”)
- “Dancing on “The Tomb of Caleb” – The Facts Under the Ground” (on the legendary tomb of an Israelite hero, at Hebron)