Photo by Richard Nowitz.

ON THE COVER: The still-impressive remains of Megiddo—Biblical Armageddon—tower 100 feet above the Jezreel Valley, in northern Israel. Thanks to its strategic location on an important trade route, Megiddo has seen numerous bloody conflicts over the millennia; and because of its importance for the history of ancient Israel, Megiddo is also the focus of academic battles. One key question is who destroyed Stratum VI at the site: Pharaoh Shishak in 925 B.C.E. or perhaps King David in 1000 B.C.E. Author Timothy P. Harrison, in “The Battleground,”presents previously unavailable evidence that points to the Israelite king.