Biblical Archaeology Review 46:1, January/February 2020

Another Temple in Judah!

The Tale of Tel Moẓa

By Shua KisilevitzOded Lipschits

A puzzling discovery of an Iron Age II temple at Tel Moẓa, only 4 miles outside of Jerusalem, challenges the biblical claims that King Hezekiah centralized worship at Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem and eliminated all rival shrines. In reality, the Tel Moẓa temple fits into the greater economic and administrative context of Judah and reflects an advanced level of localized civic administration in the early ninth century B.C.E.

Join the BAS Library!

Already a library member? Log in here.

Institution user? Log in with your IP address.