How Reliable Is the Bible?
Tel Aviv University archaeologist Israel Finkelstein, who was not involved in the excavation, agrees that it's possible King Solomon constructed the wall.
But Finkelstein cautioned against leaning too heavily on the Bible to interpret the findings. Familiarity with religious or historic texts connected to any given site is important, he said, but their usefulness can vary.
"It depends upon the text. Each has its own characteristics, each needs to be approached differently," he said. "There is the question as to when it was written—300 years after, or at the time of the events? What are its goals and its ideology? Why was it written?"
Well, he's neutralized himself. Whew.