Category Archives: Archaeology

The Latest From Israel Finkelstein

In Biblica–

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Since It’s All the Rage… Let’s Talk About the Latest Debate about the Age of the Bible

The other day this essay was posted and since it (or rather, lots of speculation about it, since no one really seems to be reading it but rather only news reports ABOUT it… people do love their secondary sources don’t … Continue reading

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Widespread Literacy Did Exist In Judah- Around 600 BCE

Scholars debate whether the first major phase of compilation of biblical texts took place before or after the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE. Proliferation of literacy is considered a precondition for the creation of such texts. Ancient inscriptions provide … Continue reading

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Archaeology and Exegesis

An interview with Israel Finkelstein.

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They’ve Found a Shovel At Migdal

A bronze incense shovel and a bronze jug were unearthed next to each other in a storehouse near a dock at the site of Magdala, a Jewish settlement located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. The site … Continue reading

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A Visit to Uruk

Urbanismus? Big Data? Alles entstanden vor 6000 Jahren in Uruk im Süden des Irak. Eine Reise zu den deutschen Archäologen, die die Rätsel der antiken Stadt erforschen. It’s a very interesting essay.  Take a look.

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The Jordan River

There’s an interesting book excerpt over at Bible and Interpretation you’ll want to read on the topic. Geographers were long fascinated by the nature of the Jordan River, as they were by the Dead Sea, its terminus. There was, particularly, … Continue reading

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