Burning down the palace of Hazor

A nice piece has appeared on the Israeli news site, Haaretz, talking about the burning of the palace of Hazor in the mid-13th century BC. The problem is discussed by Amnon Ben-Tor and Sharon Zuckerman (both Hebrew University, Jerusalem). Their exchange shows the controversial nexus between archaeology, the Bible, and historical interpretation—something that is both crucial as well as problematic in the field of biblical studies. You will need to register (free) to read the whole article.

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5 thoughts on “Burning down the palace of Hazor

  1. I found that I had to subscribe to Haaretz in order to read more than the first few words of the article. Not a ruinous sum, I admit. However, would it be possible for you without breach of copyright to mention the main current arguments about the Hazor sits.

  2. Thank you, I have now read the piece in question. It seems to me that both archaeologists find it difficult to construct a chronology that allows Hazor to be destroyed by the Israelites in the manner suggested by the Bible. For Ben-Tor the destroyers are nomads from a group which was to become Israelite – a very different idea from the Biblical one and not immediately clear in its meaning. For Zuckerman the destroyers are social revolutionaries from within Hazor – she does not entertain or at least does not emphasise the possibility that the later Israel sprang from a group that had begun as a movement of the oppressed rather than as conquerors, though this possibility has been canvassed before now. Zuckerman seems to prefer to think that there was an ‘arrival of Israel’ but that that event cannot be connected to the destruction of Hazor because the destruction had happened a long time before. These seem to be the points at issue.

  3. I am wondering if this blog has closed down? I would be sorry to lose a useful source of information about an important matter, so often left in the wrong hands.

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