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Senior professors cast doubt on Jewish heritage of Jerusalem

Middle East Monitor: 

Senior Israeli archaeologist casts doubt on Jewish heritage of Jerusalem

Tuesday, 09 August 2011 13:30   

A senior archaeologist at Tel Aviv University has cast doubt on the alleged Jewish heritage of Jerusalem. Israel Finkelstein's claims have been made in the face of official Israeli and biblical claims to the occupied city.

Professor Finkelstein, who is known as "the father of biblical archaeology", told the Jerusalem Post that Jewish archaeologists have found no historical or archaeological evidence to back the biblical narrative on the Exodus, the Jews' wandering in Sinai or Joshua's conquest of Canaan. On the alleged Temple of Solomon, Finkelstein said that there is no archaeological evidence to prove it really existed.

According to Finkelstein's university colleague, archaeology lecturer Rafi Greenberg, Israel is supposed to find something if it digs for a period of six weeks. But, Greenberg told the Jerusalem Post, Israelis have been excavating the so-called City of David in the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan for two years to no avail.

Professor Yoni Mizrahi, an independent archaeologist who has worked with the International Atomic Energy Agency, agreed with Israel Finkelstein. He said that the right-wing Elad Association has not found anything "saying welcome to David's palace" although that was taken for granted by Elad, as if the group depended on scriptural texts to guide them in their work.

 


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 http://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/the-father-of-biblical-archaeology-israel-finkelstein/
The ‘Father of Biblical Archaeology’? Israel Finkelstein??
Aug 9 
by Jim West*
 
I don’t think so.
A senior archaeologist at Tel Aviv University has cast doubt on the alleged Jewish
heritage of Jerusalem. Israel Finkelstein’s claims have been made
in the face of official Israeli and biblical claims to the occupied city.
Professor Finkelstein, who is known as “the father of biblical archaeology”,
told the Jerusalem Post that Jewish archaeologists have
found no historical or archaeological evidence to back the biblical
narrative on the Exodus, the Jews’ wandering in Sinai or Joshua’s
conquest of Canaan. On the alleged Temple of Solomon, Finkelstein
said that there is no archaeological evidence to prove it really existed.
According to Finkelstein’s university colleague, archaeology lecturer
Rafi Greenberg, Israel is supposed to find something if it digs
for a period of six weeks. But, Greenberg told the Jerusalem Post,
Israelis have been excavating the so-called City of David in the
occupied Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan for two years to no avail.
 
 
There’s more.  I have to admit being bemused by the report.  
And especially by Finkelstein being called the ‘father of biblical archaeology’.  
That title belongs to Albright.  And Albright was no Finkelstein!
 
UPDATE : Israel remarks concerning the article-
This is typical Palestinian propaganda, 
aimed at showing that there was no Temple in Jerusalem etc. 
Of course, this is not what I say. What a pity. 
As long as they go this way, there is no chance for real peace in the Middle East

*Dr. Jim West is Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at the Quartz Hill School of

Theology and Pastor of Petros Baptist Church, Petros, Tennessee. He has written

a number of books and articles and serves as Language Editor for the

Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament and Language Revision Editor for the

Copenhagen International Seminar.


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