Archaeology Update: Jerusalem Water Tunnel, Lachish, Alexander’s Death

Some interesting reads for anyone intrigued by biblical-era archaeology:

Archaeologists return to Lachish for a second look. Lachish was a key fortified city during the reign of Hezekiah and was destroyed by the Assyrians before their miraculous defeat in Jerusalem. The discoveries at Lachish–showing that it was a major centre, with massive walls and palatial structures–have caused controversy. Why? Because they support the biblical account, and can’t be reconciled with radical theories that assert the biblical kings were either fictional or tin-pot tribal chieftains at most.

A First Temple-era water tunnel has been discovered in Jerusalem. It’s the longest water tunnel ever found in Israel. It brings to mind the tunnel David used to seize Jerusalem in the first place, and Hezekiah’s efforts to strengthen Jerusalem by securing its water supply. This tunnel likely was made sometime in between those events; perhaps it was indicative of Jerusalem’s growing size and need for water during the period of the Davidic kings.

The prevailing explanation for the sudden death of Alexander the Great has been that he died of malaria contracted from a mosquito. Here’s another theory: was he poisoned?

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