When King David Sat 'In the Gate,' What Did That Mean?

'Gates' in biblical Israel weren't just a doorway into the city. They were where prophets cried out and kings judged, and people met, like in the ancient city of Dan.

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“Lot was sitting in the gates of Sodom,” relates the book of Genesis. To modern ears, the description “in the gates” sounds curious, but in biblical times a gate (or "gates") was not just a passageway through...