Exhibition Sheds Lights on History of Kingdom of David

King David
King David

 

Author and scholar Dr. Antonio M. Wilson has contributed to several archeological projects that seek to broaden knowledge about Biblical history. In 2008, Dr. Antonio M. Wilson contributed to excavations in Khirbet Qeiyafa, where researchers found artifacts dated to the time of King David.

In September of 2016, the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem opened a new exhibition that features items thought to be from the kingdom of David in Judea. The objects come from an excavation in the Elah Valley, where archaeologists uncovered evidence of urbanization that aligns with the Bible’s description of the growth of David’s kingdom.

The Bible tells of a change during which small farming communities gave way to fortified towns. In the Elah Valley, at Khirbet Qeiyafa, archaeologists found evidence of one such town. There, a modern wall lies atop an ancient wall, both of which feature hollows indicative of two gates.

Researchers have also found a number of iron stones and shards of pottery, the latter of which feature inscriptions that are the earliest written evidence of the Hebrew language. These shards include such words as “judge,” “king,” and “don’t do.” Visitors to the exhibition can view these pieces, as well as models of larger items found at the site.

The Trinity – Controversial Concept Derived from Ideas in the Bible

The Trinity pic
The Trinity
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Known as the author of the Behind the Faith series of books, Dr. Antonio M. Wilson has undertaken extensive research on theological issues seldom addressed by Christian clergy. Fundamental questions he addresses range from the possibility of sin existing in Heaven to the potential of someone who was with Jesus in Heaven being sent to Hell. Dr. Antonio M. Wilson has also contributed to books such as “Christianity – The Holy Trinity Controversy.”

The concept of the Trinity in Christian theology revolves around God who is the creator of the universe but exist in a God head that is comprised of the Holy Spirit, Jesus the Christ (the Son), and God (the Father). The concept is not directly found in the Bible but is thought to have originated with Tertullian, an early Christian leader who wrote in Latin in the 1st-2nd centuries AD. The doctrine was employed as a way of unifying passages within the Bible that instruct that each of these aspects of God operate independently in three separate persons but collectively is “fully God.”

The idea of a Trinity has long been controversial, with belief systems such as Unitarian Universalism and Mormonism denying its existence, as it does not stem directly from the Bible and is not compatible for them with the doctrine of monotheism.