On November 9, 2018, Israel Finkelstein, Jacob Alkow Professor of the Archaeology of Israel in the Bronze and Iron Ages at Tel Aviv University, gave a public lecture on "Jerusalem in Biblical Times: Comments on the Archaeology and History ca. 1350–100 B.C.E."
After an introduction by Angelos Chaniotis, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, Professor Finkelstein presented an up-to-date account of the archaeology of Jerusalem from the Late Bronze Age under Egyptian domination, through the days of the Kingdom of Judah, to the Babylonian destruction and near-abandonment in the Persian period and recovery in late Hellenistic times. Finkelstein emphasized the dramatic oscillations in the territorial extent, population, and material culture of this celebrated place, and discussed the sometimes-uneasy relationship between the archaeological and textual records.
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