Biblical Lachish: A Tale of Construction, Destruction, Excavation and Restoration
By David Ussishkin
Biblical Lachish was one of the most important cities in the Land of Israel for more than three thousand years. In the second millennium B.C.E. Lachish was a large Canaanite city-state, and during the period of the Judean kingdom, a mighty fortress city. Sennacherib, king of Assyria, conquered it in the course of a fierce battle in 701 B.C.E. That conquest was immortalized in a series of reliefs erected in Sennacherib’s palace at Nineveh in Assyria.
The special importance of Lachish, the large scale of the excavations and the unique discoveries make it a key site for the study of the history and archaeology of the Biblical period. This book, published by the Israel Exploration Society and the Biblical Archaeology Society, summarizes in clear and simple language for the general public the history of Lachish and its archaeological findings.
Three archaeological campaigns have been completed at Lachish. The first, from 1932 to 1938, was carried out by the British archaeologist James L. Starkey and came to an end when Starkey was murdered by Arab militants. The second, limited in scope and scale, was conducted by Yohanan Aharoni in 1966 and 1968. The third, from 1973 to 1994, was directed by this book's author, David Ussishkin, on behalf of Tel Aviv University.
David Ussishkin was born in Jerusalem and completed his studies at the Hebrew University. Until his retirement he taught archaeology and ancient art at Tel Aviv University. His extensive research has included the survey of the Silwan necropolis in Jerusalem and excavations at Lachish, Jezreel, Megiddo and Betar, Bar-Kochba’s last stronghold.
446 pp.; 108 Color Images, 163 B&W Images, 32 Maps and 54 Drawings/Illustrations
Published in 2014 by the Israel Exploration Society and the Biblical Archaeology Society.
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