“Ziklag” was was Biblical town within the kingdom of Achish , the Philistine king of Gath, who gave it to David, when he was seeking asylum from Saul (I Samuel 17). From Ziklag David raided on neighbouring villages, as well as the Amalekites, and at Ziklag David Lamented upon hearing the death of Saul.
Various shcolars have suggested to locate Ziklag at different location, yet only recently an archaeological expedition excavating at Khirbet e-Ra’i, a site that is 10 km south of Biblical Gath, yielded finds dating to both Philistine and Early Israelite times. Combined with the Battle site of David and Goliath, the site is a great place to review the events that led to the Kingship od the David and the establishment of Jerusalem as the capital of the United Monarchy in Biblical times.
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Kh E-Rei is near the city of Kiryat Gat, about 1 hour drive from Tel-Aviv.
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Ziklag in the Bible Ziklag was was Biblical town within the kingdom of Achish , the Philistine king of Gath, and later part of the kingdom of Judah. According to the book of Samuel (I Sam. 17), although David slew Goliath, a native of Gat, he later approached Achish, king of Gat, seeking asylum from Saul. Achish gave him the site of Ziklag, where David and 600 of his man and their families settled for 16 months. David then raided against other villages, acting more like a bandit, and later even attempted to join Achish and a philistine army to