While many of the ancient religious sites in modern Israel have been thoroughly examined by archaeologists, one spot in Kiryat Ye’arim remained largely untouched until 2017. That may come as a surprise, too, since the area is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where one of the Israelites’ most sacred artifacts was kept. And what researchers have since found in Kiryat Ye’arim may yet reframe the Biblical narrative.
The Hebrew Bible itself, meanwhile, is the common name given to a collection of religious texts that form the basis of Jewish, Christian and Islamic scripture. Indeed, these writings – known in Judaism as the Tanakh – act as a source for the contents of the Old Testament. What’s more, the Hebrew Bible is our main source of information about what happened in ancient Israel during Biblical times.
However, the texts in question are not a completely reliable look into how life was back then in Israel. For one, the contents of the Hebrew Bible were written centuries after the events they claim to depict. With that in mind, archaeologists and historians have long sought further evidence to either prove or disprove the accounts given there.