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Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2003


Special Section

Ossuary Update

Israel Antiquities Authority’s Report Deeply Flawed

By André Lemaire

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) recently formed a committee to decide whether the James ossuary inscription and the Yehoash (or Jehoash) inscription are authentic or forgeries. I readily acknowledge the difficulty of the committee’s task. I also acknowledge the quality of the research and...Read more ›


The Battleground

Who Destroyed Megiddo? Was It David or Shishak?

By Timothy P. Harrison

Did King David conquer and destroy Megiddo? Well, that depends partly on the date of Stratum VI. Let me explain why. Most scholars accept David as a historical figure who was an active military ruler in the period portrayed in the Hebrew Bible (the...Read more ›

Israelites in Exile

Their Names Appear at All Levels of Assyrian Society

By K. Lawson Younger Jr.

The popularly told story of the Israelites’ exile under Assyrian rule is a simple one: The Assyrians conquered the northern kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C.E. and deported the population. These Israelites—the “Ten Lost Tribes”—were never heard from again. Actually, the situation was more...Read more ›

Philistine Fashion

Ear Plugs from Ekron

By Trude Dothan

The Philistines settled on the coastal plain of what is now Israel around 1200 B.C.E. and established the famous five cities of their pentapolis—Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ekron, Gath and Gaza. Ashdod, Ashkelon and Gaza all retained their names into modern times, so there is no question as to...Read more ›



Oxus River area, Tajikistan