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Khirbet Qeiyafa
by Galyn Wiemers, Generation Word

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Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Bible:

Joshua 15:33-36 - "In the western foothills: Eshtaol Zorah. . . Sokoh, Azekah, Shaaraim, Adithaim and Gederah (or Gederothaim) —fourteen towns and their villages."
1 Samuel 17:52 - "Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron.
1 Chronicles 4:27-31 - "Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters, but his brothers did not have many children; so their entire clan did not become as numerous as the people of Judah. 28 They lived in Beersheba . . . Beth Markaboth, Hazar Susim, Beth Biri and Shaaraim. These were their towns until the reign of David.

Shaaraim means "Two Gates".

The biblical city of Shaaraim is the Khirbet Qeiyafa where excavation work has uncovered a wall encircling the city with two gates.

The city dates to the time of David in the Iron Age.

Shaaraim, or Khirbet Qeiyafa, appears to be a fortress city used by David on the frontier where Judah shared a border with the Philistines in the Elah Valley.

The city came to a sudden end around 925 BC.