Sifting the Temple Mount Dump
Finds from First Temple Period to Modern Times By Hershel Shanks

When archaeology student Zachi Zweig started to sift through the mountains of dirt that had been dumped into the Kidron Valley by Muslim authorities in charge of the unsupervised excavation of a new entrance to an underground mosque on the Temple Mount, he was detained by the police. He did not have a […]

The Temple Menorah—Where Is It?

What is history and what is myth? What is true and what is legendary?

Big City, Few People
Jerusalem in the Persian Period By David Ussishkin

I would like to take a somewhat radical, maximalist view of the size of Jerusalem when the Israelites (or, more precisely, the Judahites) returned from the Babylonian Exile and restored the city walls, as described in the Book of Nehemiah. There is no doubt that the walls of the city were partly (but not […]

Why Lachish Matters
A Major Site Gets the Publication It Deserves By Philip J. King

Among cities in ancient Judah, Lachish was second only to Jerusalem in importance. A principal Canaanite and, later, Israelite site, Lachish occupied a major tell (mound) 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem, nestled in the foothills of Judah (the region known as the Shephelah).

The Kitchen Debate
Three Scholars Discuss a Major New Book on History and the Bible By Ronald S. Hendel, William W. Hallo, Kenneth A. Kitchen

When we received a copy of Kenneth A. Kitchen’s new book, On the Reliability of the Old Testament, we knew that we should review it. Kitchen is one of the world’s leading scholars (he specializes in Egyptology), and the subject matter of the book—how historically accurate is the Bible?—is of central interest to many of our readers. We asked Ronald Hendel, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley and a columnist for our sister magazine, Bible Review, to review it for us.

First Person: The Gap Between Archaeology and the Bible
Scholars now attack much of the Bible as unhistorical By Hershel Shanks