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Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology: The First Temple
SymS 18
Publication Date
July 2003


060718What are archaeologists and biblical scholars saying about Jerusalem? Thisvolume includes the most up-to-date cross-disciplinary assessment ofbiblical Jerusalem (ca. 2000-586 B.C.E.) that represents the views ofbiblical historians, archaeologists, Assyriologists, and Egyptologists. Thearchaeological articles both summarize and critique previous theories aswell as present previously unpublished archaeological data regarding thehighly contested interpretations of First Temple period Jerusalem. Theinterpretative essays ask the question, "Can there be any dialogue betweenarchaeologists and biblical scholars in the absence of consensus?" Theessays give a clear "yes" to this question, and provide suggestions for howarchaeology and biblical studies can and should be in conversation. Thecontributors include Yairah Amit, Jane M. Cahill, Israel Finkelstein,Richard Elliott Friedman, Hillel Geva, James K. Hoffmeier, Ann E. Killebrew,Gary N. Knoppers, Gunnar Lehmann, Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron, J. J. M.Roberts, William M. Schniedewind, Neil Asher Silberman, Margreet Steiner,Lynn Tatum, David Ussishkin, Andrew G. Vaughn, and K. Lawson Younger Jr.This book will appeal to advanced scholars, nonspecialists in biblicalstudies, and lay audiences who are interested in the most recent theories onJerusalem. The volume will be especially useful as a supplemental textbookfor graduate and undergraduate courses on biblical history.

Andrew G. Vaughn is Associate Professor of Religion at Gustavus AdolphusCollege in St. Peter, Minnesota. Ann E. Killebrew is Assistant Professor ofJewish Studies and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at ThePennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology Dialogues and Discussions
Ann E. Killebrew and Andrew G. Vaughn

Part One Jerusalem During the Reigns of David and Solomon

Jerusalem at the Time of the United Monarchy: The Archaeological Evidence
Jane M. Cahill

The Rise of Jerusalem and Judah The Missing Link
by Israel Finkelstein

Solomon’s Jerusalem The Text and the Facts on the Ground
David Ussishkin

The United Monarchy in the Countryside: Jerusalem, Judah, and the Shephelah during the 10th c. B.C.E.
Gunnar Lehmann

Solomon’s Jerusalem and the Zion Tradition
J. J. M. Roberts

Solomon and the Great Histories
Richard Elliot Friedman

Part Two The Rise and Fall of Jerusalem at the End of the Judean Kingdom

Western Jerusalem at the End of the First Temple Period in Light of the Excavations in the Jewish Quarter
Hillel Geva

The Urban Development of Jerusalem in the Late 8th Century B.C.E.
Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron

Egypt’s Role in the Events of 701 B.C. in Jerusalem
James K. Hoffmeier

Assyrian Involvement in the Southern Levant at the End of the Eighth Century B.C.E.
K. Lawson Younger, Jr.

Egypt, Assyria, and Isaiah, and the Ashdod Affair A Review Article
J. J. M. Roberts

Jerusalem in Conflict The Evidence for the Seventh Century b.c.e. Religious Struggle Over Jerusalem
Lynn Tatum

‘The City Yhwh has Chosen’: The Chronicler’s Promotion of Jerusalem in Light of Recent Archaeology
Gary N. Knoppers

Part Three Biblical Jerusalem: Towards a Consensus

Biblical Jerusalem An Archaeological Assessment
Ann E. Killebrew

Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology When Did Jerusalem Become a Subject of Polemic?
Yairah Amit

Jerusalem, the Late Judaean Monarchy, and the Composition of Biblical Texts
William M. Schniedewind

Archaeology, Ideology, and the Search for David and Solomon
Neil Asher Silberman

Is Biblical Archaeology Theologically Useful Today? Yes, A Programmatic Proposal
Andrew G. Vaughn