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Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1987



The Monotheism of the Heretic Pharaoh

Precursor of Mosiac monotheism or Egyptian anomaly?

By Donald B. Redford

Akhenaten, pharaoh of Egypt for 17 years between 1375 and 1358 B.C., has often been identified as the first monotheist. Beginning with Sigmund Freud, some have suggested that Akhenaten’s monotheism exercised a direct, or possibly indirect, influence on Mosaic monotheism, although Moses probably lived...Read more ›

King Solomon’s Wall Still Supports the Temple Mount

By Ernest-Marie Laperrousaz

“No actual remains of Solomonic Jerusalem have survived,” Dr. Kathleen Kenyon wrote shortly before her death in 1978.1 Most scholars would agree with famous British archaeologist even today. I believe she is wrong. A major Solomonic monument is visible in Jerusalem today for all...Read more ›

The Jerusalem Wall That Shouldn’t Be There

Three major excavations fail to explain controversial remains

By Hershel Shanks

An east-west city wall built by Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century cuts a jagged, horizontal line across the bottom of this photo; from our vantage point in the north, we look south beyond this wall to the Old City, the golden-domed Mosque...Read more ›