Jerusalem in the Persian (and Early Hellenistic) period and the wall of Nehemiah

Israel Finkelstein*

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Abstract

Knowledge of the archaeology of Jerusalem in the Persian (and Early Hellenistic) period-the size of the settlement and whether it was fortified-is crucial to understanding the history of the province of Yehud, the reality behind the book of Nehemiah and the process of compilation and redaction of certain biblical texts. It is therefore essential to look at the finds free of preconceptions (which may stem from the account in the book of Nehemiah) and only then attempt to merge archaeology and text.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-520
Number of pages20
JournalJournal for the Study of the Old Testament
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2008

Keywords

  • Archaeology of Jerusalem
  • Book of Nehemiah
  • Hasmoneans
  • Nehemiah
  • Persian period
  • Yehud

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