by Chris McKinny

Aren Maeir (director of Tell es-Safi/Gath) has just reported that there appears to be evidence of a “Gigantic Gate at Gath.” In light of last weekend’s announcement of discovering the wall of the lower city and probable Iron Age re-use of Early Bronze Age fortifications, it would be amazing to find the gate itself!

Significantly, Gath’s fortifications are directly mentioned twice in the Bible.

“He (Uzziah) went out and made war against the Philistines and broke through the wall of Gath and the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod, and he built cities in the territory of Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines.” (2 Chronicles 26:6 ESV)

“So he (David) changed his behavior before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard.” (1 Samuel 21:13 ESV)
Now if Aren and his team would just find the marks on the door… 🙂