Zev Radovan

ON THE COVER: The portico and east wall of the synagogue at Eshtemoa hint at the building’s original elegance. Eshtemoa was a thriving Jewish settlement in Biblical times, and its name still echoes in the name of the Arab village, es-Samoa, located there today. Archaeologist Ze’ev Yeivin’s discovery of a large silver hoard at Eshtemoa raises an intriguing question—could this silver be the spoil that David sent to Eshtemoa after his victory over the Amalekites (1 Samuel 30:26–28)? Yeivin’s answer appears in “The Mysterious Silver Hoard from Eshtemoa.”