The "Large stone structure" in Jerusalem. Reality versus yearning

Israel Finkelstein*

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As things stand today: 1. There is no single LSS. There is no physical connection between half Room E, which may date to the Iron Age I or to the Iron Age IIA, and the massive walls associated by E. MAZAR, A. MAZAR and FAUST with the LSS. 2. There is no connection today between massive walls possibly dating to the Iron Age on the ridge (E. MAZAR'S LSS) and the Iron Age part of the SSS. The only physical connection is between the Hellenistic part of the SSS and the Late Hellenistic fortification. 3. Some of the massive wall stabs unearthed by E. MAZAR may date to the Iron Age HA in the 9th century B.C.E.; others may date to the Hellenistic period. 4. Based on solid archaeological arguments alone, that is, without relying on the biblical text, no seasoned archaeologist would have associated the remains in question with monumental architecture of the 10th century B.C.E.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-10
Number of pages9
JournalZeitschrift des Deutschen Palastina-Vereins
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011


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