Israel Antiquities Authority’s Report Deeply Flawed

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) recently formed a committee to decide whether the James ossuary inscription and the Yehoash (or Jehoash) inscription are authentic or forgeries. I readily acknowledge the difficulty of the committee’s task. I also acknowledge the quality of the research and publications by my colleagues, some of whom I have […]

The Battleground
Who Destroyed Megiddo? Was It David or Shishak? By Timothy P. Harrison

Did King David conquer and destroy Megiddo? Well, that depends partly on the date of Stratum VI. Let me explain why. Most scholars accept David as a historical figure who was an active military ruler in the period portrayed in the Hebrew Bible (the early tenth century B.C.E.). However, there is considerably less […]

Israelites in Exile
Their Names Appear at All Levels of Assyrian Society By K. Lawson Younger Jr.

The popularly told story of the Israelites’ exile under Assyrian rule is a simple one: The Assyrians conquered the northern kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C.E. and deported the population. These Israelites—the “Ten Lost Tribes”—were never heard from again. Actually, the situation was more complicated—and more interesting. The demise of the northern kingdom […]

Philistine Fashion
Ear Plugs from Ekron By Trude Dothan

The Philistines settled on the coastal plain of what is now Israel around 1200 B.C.E. and established the famous five cities of their pentapolis—Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ekron, Gath and Gaza. Ashdod, Ashkelon and Gaza all retained their names into modern times, so there is no question as to their ancient location. Current excavations at a […]


A Complex Migration
Did the Philistines get to Canaan by land or by sea? The debate continues. By Shelley Wachsmann, Assaf Yasur-Landau, Tristan Barako
Festschrift for Moussaieff
With new insights, scholars honor a unique collector By Hershel Shanks
Oxus River area, Tajikistan