The Gateway of Solomon

Yigael Yadin discovered a six-chambered gateway on the upper tel of Hazor, near the Late Bronze Age palace. He dated the gateway and the casemate wall (to which it is connected) to the period of Solomon in the 10th century BCE. Similar defense systems have been found at Tel Megiddo and Tel Gezer. For most scholars, this discovery confirms 1 Kings 9:15 where it is written: "And this is the reason for the labor force which King Solomon raised: to build the house of the LORD, his own house, the Millo, the wall of Jerusalem, Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer." While probing into the middle chamber of the southern part of the gate, archaeologists also uncovered a Late Bronze Age temple. Next to the temple’s doorway, they uncovered a cultic stele. Strikingly, Solomon had built his gate directly upon these remains.

Solomonic Gateway at Hazor
Image Credit: Samson Tours

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