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Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient winery connected to Naboth’s vineyard.
 
10/20/2020
 

Naboth’s Vineyard Found in Jezreel?

Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient winery connected to Naboth’s vineyard.

BY BRENT NAGTEGAAL AND CHRISTOPHER EAMES

The ancient city of Jezreel is built on the rocky spur of the foothills of the beautiful Mount Gilboa. The Jezreel Valley below is one of the most fertile regions of Israel. In the mid-ninth century b.c.e., Jezreel was home to King Ahab of Israel and his wife, Jezebel.

King Ahab’s existence has been verified through archaeology: His name is famously recorded on the Assyrian Kurkh Monolith. And a small seal stamp almost certainly references his infamous wife. Likewise, a series of geopolitical events surrounding the reign of this king, as described in the biblical account, have been verified through excavations (particularly in relation to Ahab’s battles with Syria).

Now, archaeological evidence reveals a biblical event much closer to home for Ahab. So close to home, in fact, that it happened next door. It is the dramatic and sanguine story of Naboth’s vineyard.

Has Naboth’s vineyard been found?

 
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