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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, […]

Did the Philistines Destroy the Israelite Sanctuary at Shiloh?—The Archaeological Evidence
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Did the Philistines Destroy the Israelite Sanctuary at Shiloh?—The Archaeological Evidence

The shoals in the sea of archaeology are treacherous indeed. Take the case of Marie-Louise Buhl. Ms. Buhl, a Keeper of the National Museum of Denmark, recently wrote part of the final report on the Danish excavations at Shiloha. Ms. Buhl’s task was admittedly complicated by the fact that the Shiloh excavations had been carried […]

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Huge Tomb in Egypt May Hold Pharaoh’s Firstborn
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Huge Tomb in Egypt May Hold Pharaoh’s Firstborn

Archaeologists have discovered a tomb they believe was the burial place of Ramesses II’s sons, in the Valley of the Kings, the necropolis at Karnak some 300 miles south of Cairo. The huge tomb complex, dubbed Tomb 5, is many times larger than any other tomb so far discovered and the only one known to […]

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Excavating Ekron, Seymour Gitin, BAR 31:06, Nov-Dec 2005.
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Excavating Ekron, Seymour Gitin, BAR 31:06, Nov-Dec 2005.

Major Philistine City Survived by Absorbing Other Cultures The Philistines were the chief adversary of Biblical Israel in the 12th and 11th centuries B.C.E. They were also the conquerors of the Canaanite cities of the southern coastal plain.1 At the beginning of the first millennium B.C.E., however, the Philistine cities were destroyed and the Philistines […]

The Deuteronomistic History
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The Deuteronomistic History

Overview Life in the Land (Joshua and Judges), Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006. Prophets and Kings (1 and 2 Samuel), Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006. Response to Catastrophe (1 and 2 Kings), Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006. Biblical History- From Joshua to Samuel, c. 1200-1000 BCE, Steven Feldman, COJS. […]

Hezekiah’s Defeat: The Annals of Sennacherib on the Taylor, Jerusalem, and Oriental Institute Prisms, 700 BCE
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Hezekiah’s Defeat: The Annals of Sennacherib on the Taylor, Jerusalem, and Oriental Institute Prisms, 700 BCE

Sennacherib Ravages Judah “As for Hezekiah, the Judean, he did not submit to my yoke. I laid siege to 46 of his fortified cities, walled forts and to the countless small villages in their vicinity …. I led off 200,150 people, young and old, male and female, horse, mules, donkeys, camels, big and small cattle […]

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Jar Handle, 13th century BCE
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Jar Handle, 13th century BCE

A handle from a Late Bronze Age store jar (13th century BCE) containing three incised letters in Proto-Canaanite script, the earliest known alphabet. Found during the 1976 pilot season at Tell Halif. “How a Dig Begins,” BAR Jun 1977. See also- In the Path of Sennacherib, Oded Borowski, BAR 31-03, May-Jun 2005.

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The Nimrud Prism, 720 BCE
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The Nimrud Prism, 720 BCE

The Re-population of Samaria “I repopulated Sameria more than before. I brought into it people from countries conquered by my hands. I appointed my eunuch as governor over them. And I counted them as Assyrians.” Nimrud Prism “The king of Assyria brought [people] from Babylon . . . and he settled them in the towns […]

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Hezekiah’s (or Siloam) Tunnel Inscription, 701 BCE
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Hezekiah’s (or Siloam) Tunnel Inscription, 701 BCE

Bringing Water Inside Jerusalem’s Walls When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come, intent on making war against Jerusalem, he consulted with his officers and warriors about stopping the flow of the springs outside the city, and they supported him. (2 Chronicles 32-2-3) Translation- [The day of] the breach. This is the record of how the […]

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House of Ahiel, 586 BCE
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House of Ahiel, 586 BCE

Hebrew University professor Yigal Shiloh uncovered a house in the City of David opposite the Kidron Valley. It is the most complete house excavated to date within the city. It is known as the House of Ahiel because it contained a pottery sherd with the name Ahiel scratched on it. This is a four-room house, […]