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Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2005



The Siloam Pool

Where Jesus Cured the Blind Man

By Hershel Shanks

Few places better illustrate the layered history that archaeology uncovers than the little ridge known as the City of David, the oldest inhabited part of Jerusalem. For example, to tell the story of the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus cured the blind man, we must go back...Read more ›

Discovering Hebron

The City of the Patriarchs Slowly Yields Its Secrets

By Jeffrey R. Chadwick

When modern tourists visit Hebron, they focus almost exclusively on the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a magnificent shrine built 2,000 years ago during the Herodian period over the traditional site of the Cave of Machpelah. The Bible tells us the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and...Read more ›

Life and Death on the Israel-Lebanon Border

Excavation Yields Thousands of Seal Impressions

By Andrea M. BerlinSharon Herbert

When you look at a map, the first things you notice are borders. But what did borders mean in ancient times? In the mid-1990s, we became curious about that very question. Both of us had been excavating in Israel for more than 25 years—and during those years...Read more ›

Mycenaeans Were There Before the Israelites

Excavating the Dan Tomb

By James D. Muhly

Dan II; A Chronicle of the Excavations and the Late Bronze Age “Mycenaean” Tomb Avraham Biram and Rachel Ben-Dov (Jerusalem: Hebrew Union College, Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, 2002) 248 pp., $48 (available from the publisher, 13 King David St., Jerusalem 94101,...Read more ›



The Temple of Jerusalem, Part III: The Temple Mount: Where Is the Holy of Holies?

Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz


Helmand River, Afghanistan