Biblical Archaeology Review 17:2, March/April 1991

Tiberias: Preview of Coming Attractions

By Yizhar Hirschfeld

This is the story mostly of what will be rather than what has been. It is a report on what we hope to do more than what we have already done. It tells of the tantalizing clues that keep us awake nights wondering what we will find. It is the story of a dream—of how we intend to bring ancient Tiberias back to life.

Tiberias is intriguing for a number of reasons. It was the capital of the Jewish people for nearly 700 years. Here the Palestinian Talmud was created. It holds a special place because, although a Jewish city, it continued to flourish after the Arab conquest in the seventhcentury C.E.a Indeed, it is the only city in the Land of Israel that remained an urban Jewish center continuously from before the Roman destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E. to the Middle Ages—a period of over a thousand years.

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