Archaeology: Israel, name of biblical hero on clay vase

Commander of 'elite unit' of king David

05 August, 18:54

    The name Eshbaal Ben Bada' on the 3,000-year-old vase found in Kiafa, Israel The name Eshbaal Ben Bada' on the 3,000-year-old vase found in Kiafa, Israel

    TEL AVIV - After years of patient reconstruction of the pieces of a clay vase dating back 3,000 years, Israeli researchers have found a biblical name: Eshbaal Ben Bada', the commander of an elite unit of 30 men who were loyal to king David in his fight against the Philistines.

    The fragments of the vase, several hundreds, were discovered four years ago in Khirbet Kiafa (the ancient Shearaim), in the valley of Elah (between Jerusalem and Ashqelon), during excavation work carried out by archaeologists Yosef Gurfinkel and Saar Ganor.

    Daily Makor Rishon reported that the name of the man also mentioned in the Bible as Ishbaam Ben Hakhmoni, however, was only discovered now. After successfully presiding over the strategic fortress of Shearaim, Eshbaal - the paper said - allegedly had a very successful career in the army of King David and was in charge of 12,000 men.

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