Wednesday, January 05, 2022

The Victorian archaeology of Jerusalem

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: How 19th Century Western Archaeologists Made Jerusalem a Zionist Dream. The search for biblical treasures starting in the 19th century fundamentally changed the way Westerners, including Jews, saw Jerusalem. The consequences were enormous (Andrew Lawler, Haaretz). HT Rogue Classicism.

Andrew Lawler is the author of the new book, Under Jerusalem, on which more here. I noted a recent article by him on the search for the Ark of the Covenant in the nineteenth century here and another by him on the historical background of the Gaza conflict here.

For more on Sir Charles Warren, see here and links.

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