Biblical History of Tel-Dan Term Paper by Nicky

Biblical History of Tel-Dan
A look at the biblical significance and archeological findings in the city of Tel-Dan, Israel.
# 148849 | 771 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 08, 2011 in History (Middle Eastern) , History (Religion) , Religion and Theology (The Bible)

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The paper examines the history of Tel-Dan and its biblical relevance as seen in the Old Testament. The paper also looks at the archeological value of the site and how it offers insight into the importance of the location.

Biblical Significance
Archeological Value
Understanding of the Site

From the Paper:

"The history of the site is an interesting one, beginning with its foundation in 4500 BC as Layish (lion), capture and its becoming the "northernmost dwelling place of the Jews" under the name of Dan. As the Jewish Kingdom divided into two regions, Tel Dan become a center of worship and saw the hosting of a golden calf as symbol to venerate. The city thrived for many centuries and became a cultural center as well, but was finally abandoned in the fourth century AD, as the pressure of the Roman occupation was continually growing.
"In terms of an actual biblical significance, the first point in this agenda occurs throughout the Old Testament, when Tel-Dan represented the northern border of the Kingdom of Israel and the home of the popular golden calf. "It was here, 2900 years ago, that King Hazael of Damascus punctuated his invasion of Israelite territory with the erection of the famous House of David inscription, the oldest document to mention the historical King David. It is here that visitors can explore King Jeroboam's temple, which the Hebrew Bible indicates he established to house the golden calf and challenge the temple in Jerusalem for religious supremacy."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Tel-Dan, Camp S'dei Chemed International, last accessed on June 1, 2009
  • Tel Dan, Common Ground, last accessed on June 1, 2009
  • Tel Dan - Archeology in Israel, The Jewish Magazine, last accessed on June 1, 2009
  • Tel Dan Excavations, Word Press, last accessed on June 1, 2009
  • Tel Dan Stele, Bible History, last accessed on June 1, 2009

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