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What artifacts show us about the city—before it became the capital of Israel
 
11/26/2020
 

Archaeology Reveals Jerusalem’s Origins

What artifacts show us about the city—before it became the capital of Israel

BY CHRISTOPHER EAMES

Just how old is Jerusalem?

Archaeology has corroborated numerous biblical events in the city, including the construction of David’s palace in the 10th century B.C.E., Solomon’s expansion, Uzziah’s tower-building, Hezekiah’s siege preparations, Josiah’s royal administration, Jeremiah’s persecution, Babylon’s destruction, and Nehemiah’s rebuilding in the fifth century B.C.E. Archaeology has confirmed at least six biblical kings of Judah and 10 other royal and priestly personalities.

But what about Jerusalem before David? The Bible contains many references to the city prior to its establishment as the nation’s capital. What does the archaeological record tell us?

 
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