Biblical Archaeology Review 20:1, January/February 1994

Back to Megiddo

A new expedition will explore the jewel in the crown of Canaan/Israel

By Israel FinkelsteinDavid Ussishkin

Tel Megiddo is widely regarded as the most important archaeological site in Israel from Biblical times, and as one of the most significant sites for the study of the ancient Near East generally. It was inhabited continuously for more than five millennia, from about 6000 to around 500 B.C.E.

Megiddo’s military importance and long history as an international battleground is aptly reflected in the Apocalypse, the New Testament book of Revelation. Armageddon (a corruption of the Hebrew Har Megiddo—The Mount of Megiddo) is where, at the end of days, demons will gather the hosts of the nations for the ultimate battle against the forces of God (Revelation 16:16). At Megiddo, the day of the Lord will bring defeat upon the armies of darkness.

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