crucified man found at Givat ha-Mivtar).
I tend to avoid reviewing books, so I thought instead I'd do a few posts expanding on the archaeological evidence behind Sebag's history of the city of Jerusalem.
photo) which mentions the city of Ursalim (or Roshlamen), a version of Salem the early name of Jerusalem (for more, see here). The figures had curses on enemies written n them, and then they were smashed and buried.
Jerusalem at the time was a Canaanite city, and neither Hebrew nor Israelite. It is unclear whether the Egyptians ruled over Canaan at time, or whether they were still attempting to conquer the region.
photo). The clay tablet to the left is one of these letters, written in Akkadian, from Abdi-Heba the Canaanite king of Jerusalem. The letters make it clear that Abdi-Heba rules thanks to the grace of the Egyptians, as their vassal, over the city of Beit Shulmani or House of Well-Being, an early name for Jerusalem.
photo). This large archive from the city of Ebla in modern Syria is made up of clay tablets from circa 2500 BC to the destruction of the city around 2250 BC. These tablets mention a god Yah - who may or may not be an early form of Yahweh - and trade with various Canaanite cites. Again, whether the cities of Ur and Jerusalem are mentioned or not is the subject of much scholarly debate, and one has to be careful of the politics involved. For more on Ebla and the tablets see here.