Dating direct affinity trial
It is too detailed to rehearse here in detail—and, as he says, it’s “highly specialized and complicated”—but it is worthwhile just to set forth the issues and Ami’s conclusions.The Biblical narratives, he tells us, although written hundreds of years after the reigns of Saul, David and Solomon, “retain memories of reality.” It’s these “cultural memories …I remember long ago when I featured him on the cover of BAR together with his famous uncle, Benjamin Mazar, a former president of the Hebrew University and a famous archaeologist; Ami was angry. Ami wanted to make it on his own—not because of his relationship to his distinguished uncle. This is by way of introducing a seminal article that he recently published that includes a critical assessment of the historicity of the United Monarchy of Israel.It is a thoroughly balanced review of the matter, considering both the Biblical text and the archaeological evidence.The nobleman then has the play performed for Sly's diversion.
Ami Mazar disagrees with Finkelstein and convincingly argues that, although some time adjustment should be made in the length of the archaeological period involved, these monumental gates “cannot be dated later than the tenth century [B. Solomon’s annexation of the Temple Mount more than doubled the size of the city with a population of about 2,500 people. Ami Mazar agrees with the following senior archaeologists who date this complex to the tenth century B. “This immense complex [was] one of the largest structures in ancient Israel,” and the massive fortifications from the Late Bronze Age protecting the Gihon Spring and excavated by Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron, continued in use during the time of King David and King Solomon.In his usual cautious way Ami Mazar concludes, “Although the excavator’s specific dating of these structures to the time of Solomon may be regarded as conjectural, the date cannot be far off, since the pottery in the fills is clearly Iron IIA, namely dated to the tenth to ninth centuries B. E.” As to Solomon’s Temple as described in the Bible, its plan is known in temple architecture of the Levant since the second millennium B. It was occupied only briefly in the late 11th or early 10th century B. Initially the vast copper mining operation in the Wadi Feinan in Jordan was associated with the Edomites who inhabited the high plateau above the mines. Instead, these copper mines at the base reflect an affinity with a similar copper mining and smelting operation in the Timnah Valley in the Negev of Israel. The structures in Feinan] indicate that the industry was administered and controlled by a central authority” and worked by a tribal-state of semi-nomads.But there is no evidence of these settlements in Edom earlier than the eighth century B. “It is now clear,” Ami Mazar tells us, “that large-scale copper mining and smelting industry flourished in the Arabah Valley throughout the late eleventh, tenth and ninth centuries [B. This should be enough to entice the more scholarly minded to explore the additional and often powerful details in Ami Mazar’s trenchant article, evidencing the existence and nature of Israel’s United Monarchy ruled by Saul, David and Solomon.From alumni and local residents looking for ways to become part of our Bergen community, the College offers a variety of opportunities – including the Child Development Center, Small Business Development Center and Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre.
in which a mischievous nobleman tricks a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly into believing he is actually a nobleman himself.
Subscribe Today Biblical Archaeology Society Staff The article “True Colors: Digital Reconstruction Restores Original Brilliance to the Arch of Titus” by Steven Fine, Peter J. Sanders in the May/June 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review describes digital scanning conducted on the famed Roman triumphal arch.