The Level V City Wall at Lachish

Hoo Goo Kang*, Sang Yeup Chang, Yosef Garfinkel

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In a recent article published in this journal (Finkelstein 2020, PEQ 152, 85–93), newly published data on Level V at Tel Lachish was criticized. This new data indicates that Level V was a fortified city and that radiometric dating places its construction in the last quarter of the 10th century bce. This date is in accordance with the biblical tradition describing the fortification of Lachish during the reign of King Rehoboam of the Kingdom of Judah in the last quarter of the 10th century bce (2 Chr 11:5–12). In the past, various scholars have proposed dating the list of Rehoboam’s fortification to the reigns of later kings: Hezekiah, Josiah or even John Hyrcanus I. It is thus not surprising that Israel Finkelstein, an advocate of a later date, attempts to refute this new archaeological data.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)135-145
Number of pages11
JournalPalestine Exploration Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023

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  • Lachish
  • Rehoboam
  • fortifications
  • radiometric dating


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