Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1256-1257 Solomon’s Seaport Jaffa

Jaffa

Jaffa

We’ve talked lots about Jerusalem on The Book & The Spade, not much about Joppa (or Jaffa), Jerusalem’s port city. At least during the period of the monarchy it was an important port for Israel and Judah. Solomon shipped the cedars of Lebanon for his temple through Joppa, and Jonah bought a one-way ticket from Joppa on his way to an appointment with a large fish. On visits to Joppa I’ve seen some evidence of excavations, however the work there is not as well published as it should be. We talk with UCLA archaeologist Aaron Burke about the history of Joppa and excavations at Joppa in this 2-part series. More information online is available through the website of the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project.

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