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King Solomon’s Wall Still Supports the Temple Mount, Ernest-Marie Laperrousaz, BAR 13-03, May-Jun 1987.
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King Solomon’s Wall Still Supports the Temple Mount, Ernest-Marie Laperrousaz, BAR 13-03, May-Jun 1987.

“No actual remains of Solomonic Jerusalem have survived,” Dr. Kathleen Kenyon wrote shortly before her death in 1978.1 Most scholars would agree with famous British archaeologist even today. I believe she is wrong. A major Solomonic monument is visible in Jerusalem today for all to see. Indeed, virtually every visitor to Jerusalem does see it, […]

2 Kings 18:13–14, 17; 19-37; 2 Chronicles 32-21
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2 Kings 18:13–14, 17; 19-37; 2 Chronicles 32-21

2 Kings 18:13–14, 17; 19-37 13In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, King Sennacherib of Assyria marched against all the fortified towns of Judah and seized them. 14King Hezekiah sent this message to the king of Assyria at Lachish- “I have done wrong; withdraw from me; and I shall bear whatever you impose on me.” […]

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2 Chronicles 32-1–4, 30
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2 Chronicles 32-1–4, 30

32 1 After these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself. 2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, 3 He took counsel with his […]

2 Kings 20-20
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2 Kings 20-20

20 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made the pool, and the conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

“Patrician House” Jewelry, 1200-1000 BCE
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“Patrician House” Jewelry, 1200-1000 BCE

In an excavation directed by Shlomo Bunimovitz and Zvi Lederman in Beth Shemesh, a golden hoop earring and other scraps of jewelry were discovered in a spacious early Iron Age structure, dubbed the “Patrician House” for the elegance of its remains. (1200–1000 B.C.E.) Beth Shemesh, Shlomo Bunimovitz and Zvi Lederman, BAR 23-01, Jan-Feb 1997.

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“David” Found at Dan, BAR 20:02, Mar/Apr 1994
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“David” Found at Dan, BAR 20:02, Mar/Apr 1994

Inscription crowns 27 years of exciting discoveries It’s not often that an archaeological find makes the front page of the New York Times (to say nothing of Time magazine). But that is what happened last summer to a discovery at Tel Dan, a beautiful mound in northern Galilee, at the foot of Mt. Hermon beside […]

Beer-sheba of the Patriarchs, Ze’ev Herzog, BAR 6-06, Nov-Dec 1980.
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Beer-sheba of the Patriarchs, Ze’ev Herzog, BAR 6-06, Nov-Dec 1980.

The findings of archaeologists sometimes seem to confirm the Biblical text. At other times, the excavation results present a problem. Perhaps the best known case of the latter is Jericho. Most scholars date the Israelite conquest of Canaan to the Late Bronze Age, to a time (13th century B.C.) when, according to Jericho excavator Kathleen […]

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A Thousand Years of History in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter, Nitza Rosovsky, BAR 18-03, May-Jun 1992.
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A Thousand Years of History in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter, Nitza Rosovsky, BAR 18-03, May-Jun 1992.

A walking tour reveals Jerusalem flourishing, destroyed and splendidly rebuilt. War—or rather two wars—made possible the current golden age of discovery in Jerusalem, at the City of David, at the Temple Mount and in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter. In 1948, during Israel’s War of Independence, the occupants of the Jewish Quarter surrendered to the […]

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The Rose of Jericho—Symbol of the Resurrection, Jacob Friedman, Zippora Stein and Amotz Dafni, BAR 6-05, Sep-Oct 1980.
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The Rose of Jericho—Symbol of the Resurrection, Jacob Friedman, Zippora Stein and Amotz Dafni, BAR 6-05, Sep-Oct 1980.

Generations of Christian Pilgrims to the Holy land brought home traditional mementos such as pressed wild flowers from Jerusalem, olive-wood covered Bibles, and a homely little ball of dried-out twigs with miraculous properties—the Rose of Jericho (Anastatica hierochuntica). The desiccated skeletons of the small desert plant are still sold at souvenir shops in Jerusalem’s Old […]

Shaye J.D. Cohen. “Did Ancient Jews Missionize.” Bible Review 19, 4, (2003).
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Shaye J.D. Cohen. “Did Ancient Jews Missionize.” Bible Review 19, 4, (2003).

Was ancient Judaism a missionary religion? Well, it depends on what you mean by “missionary.” In one sense—say, in contrast to Christianity—Judaism, with one exception of short duration, never was. From earliest times Christianity saw the propagation of its faith as one of its central tenets. Early Christians taught that paganism was empty and worthless […]

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