Jerusalem in the 10th / 9th centuries BC
What has been found from the 10th (or 9th) century BC... are remains of public buildings and fortifications only. Jerusalem was only a small town then, maybe 12 hectares large, and it harbored certainly no more than 2000 inhabitants. Maybe the Queen of Sheba would still have enjoyed her visit to Jerusalem, but I doubt that she would have been greatly impressed.
Or � another possibility � the town of Jerusalem was founded in the beginning of the 9th century BC, and Solomon and David had nothing to do with it.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF IRON-AGE JERUSALEM: Dutch archaeologist Margreet Steiner has an essay on the Bible and Interpretation website: