Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1288 Excavating in Jerusalem – Eilat Mazar

Eilat Mazar

Eilat Mazar and the Walls of Solomon

The newest archaeological attraction in Israel was dedicated just a few weeks ago, and we happened to have the opportunity to talk about it with archaeologist Eilat Mazar. These are, in her view, walls built by King Solomon, 3,000 years ago, at the east end of the area called the Ophel, between the Temple Mount and the City of David area. We also discussed a tiny fragment of a cuneiform tablet dating to the same time as the Amarna letters, which also went on display at the same time in a museum at the other end of the Ophel.

Our discussion also included her earlier work in the City of David area with the late archaeologist Yigal Shiloh, and the discovery of two bullae (seal impressions) which name palace officials of King Zedekiah who are also named in the book of Jeremiah. Unlike some archaeologists, Eilat Mazar is not shy about connecting her discoveries with the Bible, if she believes the evidence points in that direction.

 

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