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The Last Century in the History of Judah: The Seventh Century BCE in Archaeological, Historical, and Biblical Perspectives
Filip Čapek, Oded Lipschits, editors
AIL 37
Publication Date
October 2019


An incomparable interdisciplinary study of the history of Judah

Experts from a variety of disciplines examine the history of Judah during the seventh century BCE, the last century of the kingdom’s existence. This important era is well defined historically and archaeologically beginning with the destruction layers left behind by Sennacherib’s Assyrian campaign (701 BCE) and ending with levels of destruction resulting from Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian campaign (588–586 BCE). Eleven essays develop the current ongoing discussion about Judah during this period and extend the debate to include further important insights in the fields of archaeology, history, cult, and the interpretation of Old Testament texts.


  • A new chronological frame for the Iron Age IIB–IIC
  • Close examinations of archaeology, texts, and traditions related to the reigns of Hezekiah, Manasseh, and Josiah
  • An evaluation of the religious, cultic, and political landscape

Filip Čapek is Associate Professor at the Department of Old Testament Studies of Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University, Prague, and Researcher of the Centre of Biblical Studies of Czech Academy of Sciences. He is author of Archeologie, dejiny a utvareni identity starovekeho Izraele (2018). He coordinates Czech participation in the Tel Moza Excavation Project and in The Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition.

Oded Lipschits is Professor of Jewish History in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at the Tel-Aviv University, the Director of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, and the Incumbent of the Austria Chair of Archaeology of the Land of Israel in the Biblical Period. He directed the excavations at Ramat Rahel (2005–2010) and is codirector of The Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition (2012 to the present). He is the author of Age of Empires: The History and Administration of Judah in the 8th–2nd Centuries BCE in Light of the Storage-Jar Stamp Impressions (2018, in Hebrew, forthcoming in English).

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