Dr. Eilat Mazar is at it again– running to the press before properly submitting her finds to serious archaeological scrutiny.
Now it is Solomon’s Wall. Before it was David’s Palace. Also the Tsinnor. Also Nehemiah’s Wall. Also the Seal of Temech. None of them have stood the test of time– except to those who desperately want to believe…
What’s next? Bathsheba’s bathtub? The Queen of Sheba’s guestroom?
This is not careful, systematic archaeology, yielding a more sophisticated understanding of Iron Age Jerusalem. It is secular shrine building and idolatrous historical idol worship– consciously or unwittingly serving contemporary religious and political agendas and helping to sabotage any hope of future compromise in Jerusalem.
Ironic that this news appeared on the same day that the Prime Minister’s new Heritage Plan (see last post) sparked violence.
Stay tuned for more updates…
Update #1: In fact here is one factual clarification– the first of many, I expect– this one from Todd Bolen’s BiblePlaces.com blog.
Update #2: In his hyperbolic blog on this discovery, Commentary editor Jonathan Tobin demonstrates how good he is at summarizing hyperbolic archaeological press releases– and how little he actually knows about archaeology.
Update #3: Leen Ritmeyer, who can hardly be accused of minimalism, shares his thoughts and experience regarding the discovery of the new “Solomonic” wall. Bottom line: probably late 8th century BCE, a full two centuries after the time of Solomon.