Minimalists in Biblical Archaeology claim the Bible was written in Greece, hundreds of years after the events took place. One of their claims mentioned there was no kingdom of David and Solomon. Here is what they considered as evidence for their position, necessary archaeological evidence to prove there was a state is missing, therefore according to a minimalist viewpoint, 2 Samuel and 1Kings are not accurate. Also, no administrative documents have been found which again means to them, there was no such government.
But Minimalists do not deny the existence of David and Solomon, but rather have their own historical time frame and story about them which puts David and Solomon in a primitive society.
But their skepticism about the historical account from the Bible has been debunked! An ancient Hebrew pottery inscription that was found back in 2008, it has been dated as the oldest known Hebrew text. This certainly one of more amazing discoveries of our time! Recently it had been deciphered for public viewing.
In the EurekAlert article…
“Prof. Galil also notes that the inscription was discovered in a provincial town in Judea. He explains that if there were scribes in the periphery, it can be assumed that those inhabiting the central region and Jerusalem were even more proficient writers.”
“It can now be maintained that it was highly reasonable that during the 10th century BCE, during the reign of King David, there were scribes in Israel who were able to write literary texts and complex historiographies such as the books of Judges and Samuel.” He adds that the complexity of the text discovered in Khirbet Qeiyafa, along with the impressive fortifications revealed at the site, refute the claims denying the existence of the Kingdom of Israel at that time.”
So what did the inscription have to say? It was about caring for the disadvantaged in society! The English translation went like this…
“you shall not do [it], but worship the [Lord]. Judge the sla[ve] and the wid[ow]. Judge the orph[an] [and] the stranger. [Pl]ead for the infant; plead for the po[or and] the widow. Rehabilitate [the poor] at the hands of the king. Protect the po[or and] the slave; [supp]ort the stranger.”