November 18, 2010
I’m currently attending the ETS and SBL meetings in Atlanta, and enjoying sharing a room with bro. Ferrell Jenkins.
A couple of the presentationstoday have been on biblical Gezer. This city was given as a dowry to Solomon by Pharaoh when he married Pharaoh’s daughter. Gezer became a fortress city, guarding access to the south. Excavation is ongoing.
Today’s post features an aerial photo of Gezer, taken last year (Dec. 2009).
Aerial photo of Gezer. Photo ©Leon Mauldin.
In the center of the photo you can see Gezer’s “standing stones.” Upper right show an important area of excavation, including the six-chambered gate.
March 28, 2010
Our previous post featured a photo of one of Gezer’s boundary stones. We noted, “Excavations (1964–73) have uncovered a six-chambered gate and defenses” (NBD). Pharaoh king of Egypt took Gezer from the Canaanites and gave it as dowry for his daughter, who became Solomon’s wife (1 Kings 9:16). Because of its strategic location in the Shephelah in the south, Solomon made it a fortress city. The six-chambered gate referenced in the NBD article was characteristic of Solomon’s other fortress cities, such as Hazor and Megiddo (both also strategically located).
This aerial photo shows the tel of Gezer from the south looking north.
Gezer Aerial Overview. Photo by Leon Mauldin.
In the right center in photo below you can see the 6-chambered gate.
Gezer Aerial Detail. Photo by Leon Mauldin.
This shows the gate at ground level. You can see the central hill country in the background.
Gezer Six-Chambered Gate. Photo by Leon Mauldin.
Inside the gates there were benches where people could sit and visit, or carry on business transactions. In Dec. 2009 my friend and former professor Ferrell Jenkins and I visited the site. This photo demonstrates the concept of “sitting at the gates” references in such passages as Gen. 19:1; 2 Sam. 19:8; Prov. 31:23, etc. Visit his blog at http://ferrelljenkins.wordpress.com/
Ferrell Jenkins at Gate at Gezer. Photo by Leon Mauldin.