The City of Susa in the Bible

One of the most exciting, but least visited, biblical sites is Susa. It’s exciting because the entire drama of the Book of Esther takes place there, and we know exactly where Ahasuerus sat on his throne, and Esther approached him, and Mordecai overheard the conspiracy, and Haman waited in the courtyard.

Biblical Archaeology Review asked me to write about Susa for their “Site-Seeing” column for the current issue. You can flip to page 18 to see it, or it’s currently available for reading online.

My goal in writing the column was help you to enjoy the site and its rich biblical connections, especially if you’re not ready yet to sign up for a tour of biblical Iran!

The throne room of Susa from the inner courtyard

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