The Tel Aviv University "minimalist" archeologists have no less a political agenda to prove then Dr. Eilat Mazar does, if not greater. The mainstream of scientific thought is somewhere in between the two schools, and is constantly nudged in the "maximalist" direction by new discoveries. But why should the Tel Aviv crowd let physical evidence cloud their contemporary political interpretation of ancient Hebrew history? They may even be forced to exist that a Temple once existed, and that Jews are not all descendants of Khazar converts.
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