Courtesy Badè Institute

Arab workers, shown balancing baskets of dirt on their heads, helped make Mizpah the most thoroughly excavated site in Palestine.

Badè identified the site as Biblical Mizpah, and found the remains of the Iron Age city where, according to the Bible, King Saul was first presented to the Israelites (1 Samuel 10:17–24). Now, author Zorn has uncovered archaeological evidence illustrating the Bible’s account of another epoch in Israel’s history, the Exilic period, when the Babylonian king appointed the Jewish leader Gedaliah to govern Judah from Mizpah (2 Kings 25:22–25).