The 1971 Excavation of King Solomon's Gate at Tel Gezer
was the first archaeological proof of a biblical passage as history...

It proved the existence of King Solomon and provided a contemporary sequel to the events that followed the Knights Templar excavation of the related structures on the Temple Mount.

Digging for the Truth Opening Shot Dr William Dever director of the 1971 excavation at Tel Gezer poses with Solomonic Gate

Until the summer of 1971 archaeology had failed to conclusively prove the historical basis of the Bible as a contemporary recording of events as seen through the eyes of Iron Age Man. The walls of Jericho had fallen from grace, the dream of Biblical Archaeologist William Foxwell Albright was still just a theory. That summer Yigael Yadin would complete the first proof of a Biblical Passage by finding the city gate of Gezer which King Solomon built circa 960 BC, and the Bible described in 1 Kings 9:15


"Now this is the way King Solomon conscripted the Labor Corps to build the house of the Lord, his house, the Millo, the wall of Jerusalem, Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer"

The Holy Bible 1 Kings 9:15


The Solomonic Gate and wall complex at Gezer was the third Solomonic Gate discovered. Seven years after the excavation, in the fictional hollywood horror movie "The Omen II", the Gezer Excavation played a featured role as "Yigael's Wall",... a herald of the apocalypse. Scientifically, combined with the discoveries of the Solomonic Gates at Megiddo in the 1930's and Hazor in the 1950's, the discovery of the city gate of Gezer completed the first proof of a biblical passage as history with rocks on the ground. It was the long sought after historical nexus where scientific theory finally validated one critical piece of Biblical History. The Bible was indeed written contemporaneously with most of the events it describes and is a valid recording of the viewpoints of Iron Age Man (GREAT History Channel discussion ! )



Archaeologist Israel Finkelstein
Director of Excavations at Megiddo


Donald Hobson and Tel Gezer Staff Allegheny College Alumni Bulletin In the summer of 1971, I was one of the Yigael Yadin's diggers (along with Duane E Smith ( Blog / Pictured) laboring in 100+ degree heat, swinging a pick axe, digging for the truth... had Solomon really existed, or was it all fiction. I was an irreverent teenage hippy student radical, who knew nothing of the Bible, little about archaeology, and everything about having a good time. But unnoticed by me at the time, my life after the excavation changed immediately and dramatically. It became pervaded by a long series of phenomenal circumstances and coincidences that spanned decades. The events that followed were frankly so strange, that I feel the need to record them publicly and factually here. The purpose is not to entertain,... but to document.

It is a very long list of events, but still represents only a minority of what has occurred. I have labored to provide as much documentation as possible for each one. The intertwining coincidental phenomena clearly defy probability, and as a result, challenge belief. The sum total reflects the text that provides its milieu in detail, from a televised revelations drama at the Election of Pope Benedict, to a violent encounter with John Paul's almost assassin disguised as a Money Changer in the courtyard of the church of Justinian. It includes incidents from a contemporary real life genocide of an entire people (Cambodia) and from their international exodus, replete with its own Moses figure. Even the slaughter of the innocents makes an appearance, and as if to make the point fine, does so on Christmas Day. The one point I really could have missed in all this, was the murder of my good friend Able Harris by co-Cain crazed James Wallace on Aug 1, 1987 in my presence. That very morning in front of six witnesses he had said to me "I'm Abel like in the Bible, I am my brothers keeper". That very night he was publicly murdered in front of 300 witnesses trying to protect others in a crowded Boston Night Club parable of Cain and Able. But there are also lighter interludes and occasional high humor, all of it accompanied by numerous,... obvious,... biblical parallels and replays that inexplicably repeat and inter-relate throughout. In total these factual stories can only be called unusual on a Biblical Scale... especially in combination. The deeper you look, the more interesting, and stranger, it gets.

The events are described and documented herein.

King Solomon building the house of the Lord to house the Arc of the Covenant King Solomon The Arc of the Covenant King Solomon and Queen of Sheba

The Aftermath: Stories from a Lifetime
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The Money Changer of Ayasofya
Habemus Papam
Herod's Slaughter of the Innocent at Christmas
The Valley of the Shadow of Death
Am I my Brothers Keeper
Reading the First Book of Kings
The Bowels of Megiddo
Dr Hellerstedt and the Killing Fields
The Exodus of the Hmong
Beheading of the Baptist
What's in a Name ?
Christ and the Twelve Apostles
The Road to Damascus
Solomon's Women
The Two Noahs
Michael's Supertanker
The Roar of the Beast
The Face of God
Camping Lionetta
Nathan R note
Nathan R Note Announced
Nathan the Prophet
The Call
The Wooden Gear Party
Elliot's Solution
The Chi-Rho and the Thumbs up
The NYPD and the Firestick
The Burning Bush
Manifesto Night
Don and the Bikers
The Rose
Originating Event
The Strangeness of it All
Heaven's Silence
Solomonic Artifacts

Amnon Ben-Tor Dr William Dever Solomonic Gate king Solomon

Amnon Ben-tor at King Solomon's Gate

Photos taken during Hazor 2003 Excavations of Pride with archaeologist Dr. Amnon Ben-Tor (featured in "Digging for the Truth") at the Solomonic Gate at Hazor. Amnon was a student under Yigael Yadin and was periodically present during the Solomonic Gate excavation at Tel Gezer in 1971,... and at many of the late night parties that summer on the Tel. He now runs excavations at the Biblical site... Hazor, and is the current Yigael Yadin professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


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Footnote - Additional Events yet to be written down: a partial sample for my memory John Moulton's Akron Adventure, R Bud Dwyer's Allegheny Reporter, Solomon's Lamp, Damocles and Diane at Kalaelock, Fran Dresher on a Pinball Machine, Joans Ankle, Spirit in the Sunroof, Crows of the Eve, Digging Graves for truth in Chicago en-route to ASOR, Treadmill Company, Taj Mahal Snapshot, Natural Born loose in Bangkok, Rings in the Rafters, Mishawaka Tattooed Knuckles, The Naked Truth, The Grave of Tel Gezer, Squeezing with Rob and TL, Two Lights Dancing on the reflecting pool, Singles Weekend at the Holocaust Survivors reunion, Daddy Warbucks, Carrying the Chair, Biblical Passages replay, Crow commentary, The Day Johnny Cash Died, Spring 1956(?) UN Gen Assembly "walk-on debut" trailing rope and harness. Also, It increasingly appears that there is an entire second tier of signs and marks just beyond my view that happen to many people on the periphery of these events which I periodically hear about but have no way of documenting at present.


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