New Book: The Fire Signals of Lachish

Earlier this year Eisenbrauns published a collection of essays in honor of David Ussishkin, The Fire Signals of Lachish: Studies in the Archaeology and History of Israel in the Late Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Persian Period in Honor of David Ussishkin.

The book gets its name from Lachish Letter #4 in which the writer is looking for some indication that Lachish has not fallen to the Babylonians. David Ussishkin was a long-time professor at Tel Aviv University and his noteworthy excavations include the Silwan tombs in Jerusalem (1968-71), Lachish (1973-94), Tel Jezreel (1990-96), and Megiddo (1992-present).

The book includes 25 essays; the ten that I would read first are these:

Close Yet Apart: Diverse Cultural Dynamics at Iron Age Beth-Shemesh and Lachish, by Shlomo Bunimovitz and Zvi Lederman

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On: The Possible Destruction by Earthquake of Stratum VIA at Megiddo, by Eric H. Cline

Tel Azekah: A New Look at the Site and Its “Judean” Fortress, by Yehuda Dagan

Why Did Nebuchadnezzar II Destroy Ashkelon in Kislev 604 
B.C.E., by Alexander Fantalkin

The Evolution of the 8th-Century B.C.E. Jerusalem Temple, by André Lemaire

Comparative Aspects of the Aramean Siege System at Tell Eṣ-Ṣāfi/Gath, by Aren M. Maeir and Shira Gur-Arieh

The Shephelah according to the Amarna Letters, by Nadav Naʾaman

The Persian Period City Wall of Jerusalem, by Margreet Steiner

The Waters of Shiloah (Isaiah 8:5–8), by H. G. M. Williamson

On the Toponymy of the Jezreel Valley and Adjacent Plains, by Ran Zadok

The book is now available from Eisenbrauns, and you can get more details, including a complete listing of the contents, here (pdf). The cover photo is one that I provided from the American Colony and Eric Matson Collection, volume 3.


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