Joseph Naveh

First Temple Fireworks

01/24/2003
Staff Writer
He was no King David. But biblical King Joash has suddenly been thrust into the international limelight. Joash, who ruled the Kingdom of Judah for about 40 years (835-793 BCE), is linked to a fascinating debate over the authenticity of a 2,800-year-old stone tablet that bears his name. The black sandstone tablet would be the most spectacular (and virtually only) archaeological find linked to the First Temple: coming at a time when some Arab Muslim leaders claim the two Jerusalem Temples never existed on the Temple Mount.
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