After the collapse of Mycenaean civilization around 1200 B.C., the Sea Peoples left their home in the Aegean world and proceeded to occupy the best land in Canaan—the coastal plain. Among the Sea Peoples were the feared Philistines, known from the Bible as ancient Israel’s frequent nemesis. The question is: How did they get […]

How Did the Philistines Get to Canaan? One: by Sea
A Hundred Penteconters Could Have Carried 5,000 People Per Trip By Tristan Barako

Armadas of sleek warships carrying Philistine marauders and other Sea Peoples storm the beaches along the entire Levantine coast. At the same time, columns of ox-drawn carts descend from the north, carrying more Philistine warriors along with their wives and children. In the wake of this combined naval and overland assault lay the […]

How Did the Philistines Get to Canaan? Two: by Land
The Trek Through Anatolia Followed a Well-Trod Route By Assaf Yasur-Landau

There is much I agree with in the preceding article by my colleague Tristan Barako, including the belief that the seemingly Philistine levels at sites in modern Israel actually represent the remains of Aegean settlers, rather than of an international trading elite, in an age when international trade was at its lowest point […]

Is It or Isn’t It?
King Jehoash Inscription Captivates Archaeological World By Hershel Shanks

Mystery, politics, Biblical implications, gold—a newly surfaced inscription purporting to be by King Jehoash has it all. And it may be a forgery! If authentic, it would be the first royal inscription ever found of an Israelite king. If authentic, it may provide evidence for Israel’s claim to the Temple Mount. If a forgery, […]

Discovering Herod’s Shrine to Augustus
Mystery Temple Found at Omrit By J. Andrew Overman, Jack Olive, Michael Nelson

There is something here I think you ought to see,” our good friend Moti Aviam told us over the phone. It was the summer of 1998 and Aviam, then in charge of western Galilee for the Israel Antiquities Authority, was touring the devastation from a wildfire in drought-ridden northeastern Galilee, not far from the […]

Horsing Around in Toronto

“Come to our session on Megiddo,” a grinning Israel Finkelstein, director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute of Archaeology and co-director of the renewed excavations at Megiddo, urged me as we chatted at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in Toronto last November. “Lord Allenby will be there.” A magical […]

First Person: Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is ASOR
The organization should change its name to HASOR—the Hypocrite American Schools of Oriental Research By Hershel Shanks
Boeotia, Greece