Israel Finkelstein writes, “In the Eye of Jerusalem’s Archaeological Storm: The City of David, Beyond the Politics and Propaganda” for The Forward,
Archaeological activity in Jerusalem has been sucked into a whirlwind of conflicting political agendas, and the site commonly referred to as “the City of David” is in the eye of the storm. At issue is a place of seminal importance for the Jewish people and indeed for anyone who cherishes the heritage of Western civilization.
When dealing with archaeology in Jerusalem, one must first know the facts. Otherwise it is easy to be led astray by unfounded historical interpretations or to succumb to misinformation from those pursuing their own political agendas.
Finkelstein’s whole article is well worth the short time it will take to read it.
If this post seems al lot like one from Jim Davila’s PaleoJudaica.com, that’s because I first heard of Finkelstein’s piece there.