Is “Gan HaMelek” (the King’s Garden) in Jerusalem’s German Colony?

Israeli researchers: Jerusalem’s trendiest street built over biblical site

Two researchers see in the special topography of Jerusalem evidence that would require that we redraw our understanding of the geography of the city in ancient times.

By Nir Hasson
There’s an old cliche in Jerusalem that the city’s most Tel Aviv-like street is Emek Refaim in the German Colony, with its wealth of cafes and boutiques. The reason, according to the cliche, is that the street is almost completely flat, like Tel Aviv streets.

True, the city’s other main streets require some exertion on the uphill portions, but there are actually two researchers who see in the special topography evidence that would require that we redraw our understanding of the geography of Jerusalem in ancient times.

Writing in the publication “Beit Hamikra” (“House of the Bible”), two Tel Aviv University professors, Oded Lipschits and Nadav Na’aman, propose a view of ancient Jerusalem that is a substantial departure from the accepted wisdom up to now about the city. [See rest here]

HT: J. Lauer.

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