Category: Archaeology

Migration of Israelites into Judah after 720 BCE: An Answer and an Update

Israel Finkelstein’s latest essay, appearing in ZAW-

The theory of migration of Israelites into Judah after the fall of the Northern Kingdom in 720 BCE emerged from biblical scholarship in an attempt to explain the impact of Israelite ideas on pivotal theological stances in the Hebrew Bible. It was then supported by archaeological work, which indicates dramatic demographic growth in Jerusalem and the various regions of Judah in the later part of the 8th century BCE. In a recent article in the ZAW, Nadav Na’aman dismissed this reconstruction as invalid, based on a different interpretation of the archaeological data.

ZAW 2015; 127(2): 188–206.

Digging Up Armageddon: The Story of Biblical Megiddo from Canaanites to Christians

That’s the forthcoming volume by Eric Cline for which he was awarded an NEH research grant:

The Public Scholar program, a major new initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is designed to promote the publication of scholarly nonfiction books for a general audience, and the first round of grants has just been announced: a total of $1.7 million to 36 writers across a broad collection of disciplines. The grants range from $25,200 to $50,400. (Full list at bottom.)

The winners include Pulitzer Prize-winner Diane McWhorter, who’s working on a book about the Moon landing and the civil rights era in Huntsville, Ala.,; National Book Award-winner Kevin Boyle, who’s writing about an early 20th-century anarchist; and National Book Award-winner Edward Ball, who will return to the territory of his bestselling “Slaves in the Family” to write a biography of his great-great grandfather. …

The academy itself may well benefit from this program. Eric H. Cline, a professor of Classics and Anthropology at George Washington University, said, “If higher education — and the humanities in particular — is to survive in this day and age, one thing that we must do is to share our remarkable results with the general public. This award underscores that point; hopefully, it will encourage additional scholars to share their work more broadly.” He won $25,500 for his history of Megiddo in northern Israel, “the site referred to as Armageddon in the Book of Revelation.”

Congrats, Eric!  I’m looking forward to reading it.

Preliminary Report on the Results of the 2015 Excavation Season at Tel Kabri

The 2015 excavations at Tel Kabri, the capital of a Middle Bronze Age Canaanite kingdom located in the western Galilee region of modern Israel, lasted from 14 June to 9 July 2015. Highlights of the season included the discovery of three more rooms containing a minimum of 70 jars, connected to the original wine cellar (Room 2440) discovered in 2013. Combining these with the discoveries of the 2013 season, we can now confidently report that we have located a southern storage complex belonging to the palace, with at least 110 restorable jars still in situ within four storage rooms, as well as a different building complex with additional jars in what might be a fifth storage room located to the northwest. Organic Residue Analysis is currently being conducted on each jar, in order to determine the contents.

Read the entire report here.

A Strange Interview

Brian Le Door has interviewed James Strange on the Strange excavation at Ancient Jew Review– a blog you really need to follow.  Brian the DoorKeeper writes

The excavation at Shikhin is directed by Prof. James R. Strange of Samford University. In addition to Prof. Strange, Drs. Mordecai Aviam (the Associate Director), David Fiensy, Dennis E. Groh, and Prof. Strange’s father, the legendary James F. Strange, provided valuable oversight and insight into the work.

Etc.  This summer they found, among other things, the neatest little tiny baby oil lamp ever seen in the light of day.  I reckon.

The Mt Zion Dig- A Video and Live Discussion Today at 2 PM Eastern Time

From Jim Tabor on Facebook-

The first Mt Zion Video Footage! Don’t forget, today at 2pm EST…the live show will begin at the web site linked here and later be posted on Youtube: at 2 p.m. Eastern time(USA), see a 15-minute Webcast on the Mount Zion initiative. The program is viewable anywhere in the world and on all devices. This is the first of our UNC Charlotte productions, this time featuring Professor Tabor and some of the dig participants and lots of footage from the site and from in and around Jerusalem. Other productions are in the works. This first piece will appear on a weekly program called The Live Wire, contained on Inside UNC Charlotte at