Biblical Archaeology Review 31:4, July/August 2005

Why Lachish Matters

A Major Site Gets the Publication It Deserves

By Philip J. King

Among cities in ancient Judah, Lachish was second only to Jerusalem in importance. A principal Canaanite and, later, Israelite site, Lachish occupied a major tell (mound) 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem, nestled in the foothills of Judah (the region known as the Shephelah).
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