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Archaeology's Black Hole: Jerusalem and Yehud/Judea in the Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods

Prof. Israel Finkelstein (University of Haifa)


The paper will present an updated picture of the archaeology of Jerusalem and Yehud/Judea between 586 and ca. 200 BCE: Demography, occupational history, settlement patterns and literacy. It will then deal with the possibility of intensive composition of biblical materials in the city/province at that time.

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