Eilat Mazar, “Did I Find King David’s Palace?BAR 32:01.


Eilat Mazar, “The Wall That Nehemiah Built,BAR 35:02.


For David Ussishkin’s view that Solomon’s palace was north, rather than south, of the Temple, see “Where Was Solomon’s Palace?” in “Jerusalem Roundup,” BAR 37:02.



Kathleen M. Kenyon, Digging up Jerusalem (London: Benn Ltd., 1974), pp. 181–187; Yigal Shiloh, Excavations at the City of David I, 1978–1982, Interim Report of the First Five Seasons, Qedem 19 (Jerusalem: Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University, 1984), p. 29; Hugh G.M. Williamson, “Nehemiah’s Walls Revisited,” Palestine Exploration Quarterly 116 (1977), p. 82; Hugh G.M. Williamson, Ezra, Nehemiah , WBC 16 (Waco, TX: Word Books, 1985), pp. 200, 208; Joseph Blenkinsopp, Ezra-Nehemiah—A Commentary, OTL (London: SCM Press, 1989), pp. 231–232, 237; Hanan Eshel, “Jerusalem under Persian Rule: The City’s Layout and the Historic Background,” in Shmuel Ahituv and Amihai Mazar, eds., The History of Jerusalem: The Biblical Period (Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi, 2000), p. 339 [Hebrew].


While almost all English translations say “court of the guard,” the NJPS has “prison compound,” no doubt based on the reference in Jeremiah 32:2 as the place where the prophet was imprisoned.


For the court of the guard, see Gary A. Herion, “Guard, Court of the,” Anchor Bible Dictionary 2 (New York: Doubleday, 1992), 1099a.


For the pottery unearthed in the excavations of the site, see Eilat Mazar, Preliminary Report on the City of David Excavations 2005 at the Visitors Center Area (Jerusalem: Shalem Press, 2007); Eilat Mazar, The Palace of King David: Excavations at the Summit of the City of David, Preliminary Report of Seasons 2005–2007 (Jerusalem: Shoham Academic Research and Publication, 2009).


For the dependence of the original Solomonic shrine on the palace and its gradual growth until it became the state temple, see David Ussishkin, “The Temple Mount in Jerusalem during the First Temple Period: An Archaeologist’s View,” in J. David Schloen, ed., Exploring the Longue Durée: Essays in Honor of Lawrence E. Stager (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2009), pp. 473–483; André Lemaire, “The Evolution of the Eighth-Century B.C.E. Jerusalem Temple,” in Israel Finkelstein and Nadav Na’aman, eds., The Fire Signals of Lachish: Studies in the Archaeology and History of Israel in the Late Bronze, Iron Age, and Persian Period in Honor of David Ussishkin (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2011), pp. 195–202, with earlier literature on p. 195.


This article is an abbreviated and partial account of a much longer paper in Biblica 93 (2012), pp. 21–42, titled “Biblical and Historical Jerusalem in the Tenth and Fifth-Fourth Centuries B.C.E.” See also Nadav Na’aman, “Five Notes on Jerusalem in the First and Second Temple Periods,” Tel Aviv 39 (2012), p. 93.