The ancient city of the Philistines in which according to the Old Testament King David took refuge when he was persecuted by King Saul, was discovered by Israeli archaeologists. David reigned in Sekelak before Saul's death and his enthronement in Hebron. However, its exact location was a subject of controversy among archaeologists, who indicated up to 12 different spots where the city was possibly located.

The archaeological site for which there is relevant evidence that indeed it was Sekelak, is located near Kiryat Gat in central Israel, under another "archaeological" layer, which is placed during the reign of David. Scientists have located objects from the Philistine civilization and ceramics from the time of David. According to the Old Testament, David who was chased by Saul took refuge in Sekelak. The city of Sekelak belonged to the king of the Philistines, who ruled in Gath. When David crossed the borders of Israel, he requested Sekelak from the king of Gath so that it could become the property of the kings of Judea. It was after the city was handed over to him that Saul stopped his persecution.

Source: ANA MPA