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The House of Ahiel

בית אחיאל

 
 
The House of Ahiel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 12, 2013
1. The House of Ahiel Marker
Inscription. Here Dwells Ahiel in a Four Room House

"He (David) had houses made for himself in the City of David..."
(1 Chronicles15: 1)

The name 'Ahiel' appears on potsherds found among the ruins of this house. The House of Ahiel is a 'four-room house' — a typical Israelite dwelling, consisting of three parallel spaces closed off by a fourth. The roof beams were supported by pillars, part of which can be seen here. It is reasonable to assume that this was a two-story dwelling. To the right of the building is a stone toilet seat. Its presence adjacent to the house attests to the high standard of living of its residents.

כאן גר אחיאל ־ בדירת ארבעה מרחבים

(נפגוש לו בתים בעיר זןןיד...” (ברו הימים אטו, א”

השם ”אחיאל” מופיע על שברי חרסים שנמצאו בהריסות בית זה. הבית נבנה בדגם בית מגורים המאפיין
The House of Ahiel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 12, 2013
2. The House of Ahiel Marker
Close-up view of the illustration on the historical marker, with the Ahiel House being highlighted in the illustration.
את הבנייה הישראלית באותה עת, ובו ארבעה מרחבים: שלושה מרחבי אורך מקבילים שעליהם סוגר מרחב רביעי. את קורות הגג'של הבית תמכו עמודים הנראים באן בחלקם, וסביר להניח שלבית היו שתי קומות. מימין למבנה מונחת אסלת אבן שהייתה מותקנת בראש בור ספיגה. הימצאותו של בית שימוש צמוד לבית מעידה על רמת החיים הגבוהה
The House of Ahiel image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 12, 2013
3. The House of Ahiel
View of the ruins of the Ahiel House
של תושביו.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the City of David Tour marker series.
 
Location. 31° 46.425′ N, 35° 14.166′ E. Marker is in Jerusalem, Jerusalem District. Marker can be reached from Ma'alot Ir David Street just east of Ma'ale HaShalom, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This historical marker is located just off of the roadway, inside the "City of David - Ancient Jerusalem" facility, which offers visitors a tour of both historic and archaeological sites that are part of the Ancient City of David. It is situated at Stop Three "B" of the City of David historic tour route, which is in front of the enormous Stepped Stone Structure.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Burnt Room and the House of the Bullae (here, next to this marker); The Royal Quarter (Area G) (a few steps from this marker); The Large Stone Structure (a few steps from this marker); Beit Hatzofeh Lookout (within shouting distance of this marker); The Water System (within shouting distance of this marker); Double Gate Monumental Stairs and Observation Plaza (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); Ritual Baths and Water Conduits (about 240 meters away); Western Wall (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jerusalem.
 
Regarding The House of Ahiel. The "City of David - Ancient Jerusalem" handout/brochure has this to say about the House of Ahiel stop on the historic tour:

"He (David) had houses made for himself in the City of David..." (1
The House of Ahiel image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 12, 2013
4. The House of Ahiel
View looking down on the ruins of the Ahiel House, which are seen in the upper right side of the picture.
Chronicles15: 1)

The name Ahiel, which appears on potsherds found in the ruins of this house, may be the name of its owner. The house is a typical First Temple period dwelling, built in a style known as the 'four-room house.' It consists of three rectangular rooms built around an open courtyard (the fourth room) where farm animals were kept and various household tasks were carried out. The roof beams were supported by columns, parts of which are seen here, and the house presumably had two stories. To the right of the building is a stone toilet seat that was set over a pit. The presence of a toilet near the dwelling reflects the elevated status of its residents"
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. City of David. This is a link to information provided by the "City of David - Ancient Jerusalem" website. (Submitted on May 13, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Jebusite Wall (Millo) (2000-1000 BC). This is a link to information provided by a website entitled Jerusalem 101. (Submitted on May 13, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. The City of David. This is a link to information provided by a website entitled Jerusalem 101. (Submitted on May 13, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. House of Ahiel, 586 BCE. This is a link to information provided by the Center for Online Judaic Studies. (Submitted on May 13, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

5. Jerusalem's City of David and Area G. This is a link to information provided
The House of Ahiel image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 12, 2013
5. The House of Ahiel
View of the Ahiel House, looking from the left side of the ruins to the right, and beyond.
by the website BiblePlaces.com (Submitted on May 13, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. AnthropologySettlements & Settlers
 
The House of Ahiel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 12, 2013
6. The House of Ahiel Marker
View of the historical marker, with the ruins of the Ahiel House being directly behind the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,292 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 13, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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