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The Destruction of the Shiloh Sanctuary and Jeremiah VII 12, 14

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This chapter argues that the balance of the evidence still favours the opinion that the Shiloh sanctuary was destroyed in the 11th century B.C. and that the clearest indication of this is provided by the implications of the Deuteronomistic language employed in Jer. vii 12, 14. The Danish excavator of Shiloh, H. Kjaer, argued for a mid 11th century B.C. destruction of Shiloh on the basis of a number of large collared-rim jars associated with the destruction of House A in the western sector of the town. Such collared-rim jars are a typical feature of certain Early Iron I sites. M.-L. Buhl, however, who undertook a re-evaluation of the earlier excavations, argued that the collared-rim jars at Shiloh pointed rather to an 8th century B.C. destruction of House A, and in support she compared certain Early Iron II collared-rim jars from Hazor.

Keywords: collared-rim jars; H. Kjaer; Hazor; M.-L. Buhl; Shiloh sanctuary



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