A taste of biblical history

The remains at Tel Lachish reveal the battles for the city and some secrets about life there.

April 29, 2015 18:08
Tel Lachish

Tel Lachish. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)


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When Jeremiah, Daniel and other biblical figures mentioned a siege ramp, what did they mean? Where was King David sitting while waiting for news of his rebellious son Absalom? And why, in a letter to his commander, did a field officer bemoan the fact that there was no sign from the fortified city of Azeka? We found the answers to all these questions and more during a field trip conducted by Dr. Daniel Vainstub, within the framework of an Israel Museum course on ancient Hebrew texts.

In Vainstub’s opinion, and ours as well, the hands-down best way to get a feel for biblical history is to visit the sites where the events actually took place.


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