4,000-Year-Old “Abraham’s Gate” Reopened to the Public

Teresa Neumann

"The Bible recounts that the people of Dan took Abraham’s nephew Lot prisoner, and Abraham came to Dan to rescue him, but it is hard to confirm whether or not Abraham passed through the gate."

(Israel)—Haaretz News reports that the Nature and National Parks Protection Authority yesterday opened "Abraham’s Gate"—originally uncovered in 1979, but recently under painstaking restoration—at Tel Dan in the north, for visits by the public.

Abraham's GateBelieved to have been built around 1750 B.C., the ancient structure is seven meters tall and composed of three sun-dried mud brick arches on a large basalt stone foundation. The arches are said to be the oldest ever found in the Land of Israel. (Photo: israelnotes.files.wordpress.com)

Raphael Greenberg of Tel Aviv University’s archaeology department was quoted as saying the gate is one of the most impressive finds of its time.
Said Ze’ev Margalit, who is responsible for archaeological preservation at the parks authority: "The Bible recounts that the people of Dan took Abraham’s nephew Lot prisoner, and Abraham came to Dan to rescue him, but it is hard to confirm whether or not Abraham passed through the gate."

The report also notes Margalit saying that in recent years "Christian pilgrims have come to the site, and have reacted with great excitement in coming face to face with Abraham’s gate."

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8 comments for “4,000-Year-Old “Abraham’s Gate” Reopened to the Public

  1. April 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I am amazed by this announcement as the people of Dan had not been born when Lot was captured by the five Kings. Issac had not yet married. Jacob had not been born. Jacob’s son Dan had not been born. Dan’s tribe had not yet left Egypt in the Red Sea Crossing and the River Jordon had not yet been crossed by Moses. There was not a nation of Dan yet.

    The Book of Jubile tells us that Abraham had a castle which Issac occupied and Jacob later occupied. The castle was important because at one time Issac, his sons, and his servants defended it against an overwhelming enemy force of two kings. That was before Issac took his household into Egypt. If this is the gate of Abraham’s castle, it is important. If it is just a found door in the ground, it is just a religious con, as Constatine’s mother conned us by many announcements and appointments of places that have been found to be untrue about Christ.

    I think we should expect many cons, because universities and governments are paying for the research, and “results must be delivered in order to get more grants.” Let’s help stop the cons.

  2. SteveB
    June 27, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Ok, let me get this straight.
    the People of Dan took Lot? Where is this stated?
    You’re talking about the Genesis 14 kidnapping of Lot, right?
    There’s no mention of Danites in that narrative! It does talk of the Kings of the 5 nations, and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah. It does mention Dan– but it appears to be more a regional reference, than a human involvement reference. I.e., they came as far as the region where the Danites would’ve lived.
    Is it possible– reasonably so– that this is a later known regional reference by the author? By Moses’ time, and possibly by Joshua’s time, that region would indeed have been delegated to Dan. Kind of like– they traveled from Los Angeles to San Francisco before the finally caught up with the fugitives….., by an author who would’ve been familiar with LA/SF, but the events would’ve taken place some 500 years earlier.

  3. Philip Clark
    June 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Not sure what A.J.Morris is suggesting. Of course “Dan” as the name of the city did not exist at the time of Abram. However, Scripture does tell us its previous names “Leshem” or “Laish” (Jos.19:47 & Jg.18:28,29).

    The question that may be asked is: When do we date Abram and is this gate old enough to have been built when “he went in persuit” of Chedorlaomer & his allies “as far as Dan” (Gen.14). It is interesting that the Torah does give the name of the city as “Dan” though! THe Biblical dating suggests that, if the estimate is correct of the gate being built in the above article, then Abraham would have been dead for almost 100 years. Still, this remains an important and thrilling discovery; to know that I have stood on the very steps that the Patriarchs (if not Abraham) had stood is just brilliant!

  4. Philip Clark
    July 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Of course there are people, such as Pro.E.Anati & Dr.Aardsma, who would push the dating of the Exodus back 1,000 years! If they’re right then Israel could have renamed Dan by 175BCE. However, I prefer to stick with Biblical chronology as preserved for us.

    As for “an author” 500 years later, I’m not happy with that! However, I am willing to accept the Bible’s own testimany to being a document edited after it’s original writing. I like Friedman’s suggestion that this included Baruch, secretary to Jeremiah.

  5. Philip Clark
    July 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Woops! Sorry aabout the typo: Obviously meant “1750BCE” & not “175BCE”.

  6. Marcion Benjamin
    December 20, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I have to agree that it is more of a reginal reference to Dan rather than a people as in Genesis ch 14.It is a place called Dan no the the tribe Dan or Danites

  7. February 4, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Dear Biblical archaeological group,
    I have interest in having a study with you basically on the issue of the ancient ebooks.

    Doe Weah

  8. February 4, 2011 at 11:45 am

    No i am not part of the village

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