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Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1989



Does the Bible Exaggerate King Solomon’s Golden Wealth?

By Alan R. Millard

Those who read the Biblical text and make a subjective judgment as to its reliability often conclude—and understandably so—that the descriptions of Solomon’s gold are gross exaggerations. The quantity of gold the Bible claims for King Solomon is simply unbelievable, even unimaginable! Take, for...Read more ›

Royal Gateway to Ancient Jerusalem Uncovered

By Eilat Mazar

Dedicated to the memory of Professor Yigal Shiloh. The love and devotion he brought to the discovery of ancient Jerusalem will continue to inspire us for many years to come. For ten years—from 1968 to 1977—the area adjacent to the southern wall of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount was...Read more ›

Visualizing First Temple Jerusalem

By Rivka Gonen

Visitors to Jerusalem understandably are often confused by the jumbled and disconnected layers of the past that exist side by side with the teeming modern city. Jerusalem at the time of the First Temple—the Jerusalem of the Bible, the Jerusalem of Solomon, the Jerusalem whose Temple was...Read more ›

At Least Publish the Dead Sea Scrolls Timetable!

By Hershel Shanks

A new timetable for the publication of still-secret Dead Sea Scroll fragments is being negotiated between Israel’s Department of Antiquities and the scholar-editors to whom publication was assigned 35 years ago. Fragments of approximately 400 different documents found in caves near the northwest shore of the Dead...Read more ›