BAR 30:06, Nov/Dec 2004
Jerusalem in David and Solomons Time
It Really Was a Major City in the Tenth Century B.C.E.
Among the most controversial issues in both Biblical archaeology and Biblical studies is the nature of Jerusalem in the tenth century B.C.E. Why the tenth century? Because in the Bible that is the time of Israels glory, the time of King David and King Solomon, the time of the United Kingdom of Judah and Israel.
The archaeological period just before that (what scholars call Iron Age I) is also important becauseagain according to the Biblethat is the Jerusalem that King David conquered after ruling in Hebron for seven years. What Jerusalem was like in Iron Age I is just as controversial as what it was like in the tenth century (the earliest phase of Iron Age II).