Liberal scholars and minimalist archaeologists are standing on their heads today, trying to figure out the latest headlines from Israel. Even the left-leaning National Geographic is admitting the sensational nature of the discovery and announcement by Dr. Eliat Mazar regarding the wall Solomon built around Jerusalem according to 1 Kings 3. Verse 1 of that passage says:
Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh King of Egypt and married his daughter. He brought her to the City of David until he finished building his palace and the temple of the Lord, and the wall around Jerusalem.
The National Geographic headline is: King Solomon’s Wall Found—Proof of Bible Tale?
The second sentence of the article says: “The discovery appears to validate a Bible passage….” This story is all over the news. Here are some links if you want to read more about it here and here and here.