At the end of the Judean monarchy, this governor’s residence was half an acre in size. It is the largest Iron Age structure known in Israel. Built on the summit of the tell, this palace was constructed in three discernible phases which help archaeologists to understand the length of the cubit in the earlier and later periods. Evidence for the stabling of horses in the courtyard has been found.
View of Hill Country
The famous Lachish Letter #4 describes how the writer was looking for the signal-fires of Lachish for the signal-fires of Azekah could no longer be seen. Possibly the writer of this ostracon was viewing the destruction of the cities of the Shephelah from the nearby hill country to the west. Jeremiah 34:7 corroborates the fact that the last two cities remaining were Azekah and Lachish.
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Lachish (Walking in Their Sandals) Gives easy-to-read information on the location, biblical significance, etc. Features links to photographs and on-line scripture references.
The Ghosts of Tel Lachish (Jerusalem Post article) Written by licensed tour guide Allan Rabinowitz, this description of the tel is both vibrant and accurate. Focuses on a vivid description of the Assyrian siege, including a description of Sennacherib’s relief.
Lachish (Christian Travel Study Program) Summarizes the history, location, and archaeological finds associated with the site. No pictures.
Lachish (BIBARCH) Features informative links within the text to resources such as: scripture references and relevant articles on archaeological terms and periods. Also offers a “Scripture Summary.”
Lachish (The Jewish Magazine) A comprehensive look at the history of Lachish, from the time of Joshua to the Hellenistic period. Includes a lengthy section on visiting Lachish with descriptions of the remains.
Assyrian Siege Ramp at Lachish (Dig the Bible) Details the building of the siege ramp, discussing the motivation for this method of warfare. Links to other archaeological sites provide background information on Sennacherib’s attack and other methods of warfare.
Lachish Ostracon #3 (Personal Page, K.C. Hanson) Gives a technical description of this ancient document and a translation of its text.
Tel Lachish (Virtual Travels, Israel Diary) The thoughts of one traveler on the history of the site and important spiritual lessons to be learned from Lachish.
Lachish (Lakhish) (Personal Page, Ancient Near East) Limited text, but offers a beautiful aerial picture of the tel.
Olga Tufnell (Palestine Exploration Fund) A biographical sketch on one of the early excavators of Lachish who helped to discover the Lachish Letters.