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Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2013



A World Below

The Caves of Maresha

By Ian Stern

It is commonplace in archaeology: An excavation provides more questions than answers. That is certainly true at Maresha. The site is mentioned several times in the Bible, the first time in Joshua, in connection with the division following the Israelite entry into the land. To Judah was...Read more ›

Portraits of Ancient Israelite Kings?

By Irit Ziffer

Has archaeology provided us with a visual portrait of an Israelite king? Well, yes and no. Or rather, no and yes. The “yes” is on the famous Black Obelisk in the British Museum, often thought to include a portrait of the Israelite King Jehu bowing before the...Read more ›

Will King Hezekiah Be Dislodged from His Tunnel?

By Hershel Shanks

It is one of the most famous sites in Jerusalem—right up there after the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall. And it is also one of the most exciting to visit—Hezekiah’s Tunnel. But is it really his? The story...Read more ›

Was Rahab Really a Harlot?

By Anthony J. Frendo

Did Rahab live on the wall or in the wall? Rahab is a Biblical heroine. She is also, according to the text, a harlot. It all happened when Joshua sent two men to spy out the land before the Israelites entered the Promised Land. They stayed at...Read more ›