One of the reasons why I am so convinced that a series like the Historic Views of the Holy Land is so valuable (with 10 new works in production) is because the biblical lands have changed so dramatically in the last 100 years. These changes are the result of many factors, including population growth and modern construction. Another factor is the deliberate destruction of ancient sites, and Haaretz has a lengthy article on the subject, largely taken from a couple of recent books by Meron Benvenisti and Raz Kletter. The author of the article, Meron Rapoport, has proven himself to be a biased and untrustworthy source in his previous work, but I don’t know enough about the contents of this article to comment on the accuracy. I mention it because I think it’s an important subject, even if the presentation is slanted.
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