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Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1999


Special Section

Rewriting Jerusalem History

Everything You Ever Knew About Jerusalem Is Wrong (Well, Almost)

By Hershel Shanks

To say that you should throw out all your books on the archaeology of Jerusalem would be going too far, especially since I wrote two of them.1 But it is true that books on the archaeology of Jerusalem, including my own, now contain a lot of misinformation...Read more ›

Rewriting Jerusalem History

I Climbed Warren’s Shaft (But Joab Never Did)

By Hershel Shanks

Dangling on a rope ladder in a subterranean shaft, 30 feet below the City of David, the oldest part of Jerusalem, and 45 feet above the bottom of the shaft, I wondered whether I was being foolhardy. At 69, should I really be trying to re-enact the...Read more ›

Rewriting Jerusalem History

Jerusalem Under Siege

Did Sennacherib attack twice?

By William H. Shea

Now that so much attention is being focused on the new excavations around the Gihon Spring and Hezekiah’s Tunnel—which was built as a defense against a siege by the Assyrian leader Sennacherib—it may be time to look at the siege itself. Specifically, was there one attack in...Read more ›


Come to the Annual (Additional) Meeting

By Hershel Shanks

For several years, we at the Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) have been organizing sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). Our sessions have been exceptionally well attended and exceptionally well received. Criticism has been nil. In this endeavor, I...Read more ›

What’s For Dinner? The Answer Is In the Pot

By Andrea M. Berlin

Pottery talks. That’s a little secret archaeologists know but few outsiders are privy to. And pottery can talk—a lot. If you were to excavate George Washington’s dining room at Mount Vernon and recover fragments of the many plates and cups and bowls and serving dishes used there,...Read more ›