Category Archives: Archaeology

Lenny Wolfe on Antiquities Dealing

This is an interesting piece. Wolfe says that the market for antiquities is far smaller than it once was. The primary buyers of antiquities in the 1970s and ’80s were Jewish collectors. Now, he says, the principal customers for antiquities … Continue reading

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Carta Online

This is going to be a fantastic resource.

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Have They Found Peter’s Bones?

Bones attributed to St. Peter have been found by chance in a church in Rome during routine restoration work, 2,000 years after the apostle’s death. The relics of the saint, who is regarded as the first Pope, were found in … Continue reading

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The Latest from Israel Finkelstein

Finkelstein, Major Saviors, Minor Judges: The Historical Background of the Northern Accounts in the Book of Judges, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 41 (2017), pp. 431-449.

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A Festschrift for Israel Finkelstein

Few are more deserving of such an honor. Finkelstein has done great things and made brilliant contributions to archaeology. Rethinking Israel Studies in the History and Archaeology of Ancient Israel in Honor of Israel Finkelstein Edited by Oded Lipschits, Yuval … Continue reading

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The Old Testament in Archaeology and History

One hundred and fifty years of sustained archaeological investigation has yielded a more complete picture of the ancient Near East. The Old Testament in Archaeology and History combines the most significant of these archaeological findings with those of modern historical and literary … Continue reading

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Have Archaeologists Found the Home of Peter, Philip, and Andrew?

Nope.  It’s just another one of the many exaggerated claims that fly around.  Indeed, the story doesn’t match the headline.  Here’s the headline: The Lost Home of Jesus’ Apostles Has Just Been Found, Archaeologists Say Here’s the opening of the … Continue reading

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The Bible Museum Has Some High Profile Defenders

Alex Joffe, an archaeologist and historian, said scholars “loathe the Greens, because they are evangelicals and because they are antiquities collectors, in that order. … The real targets are their conceptions of their faith, the Bible and America.” Joffe, who … Continue reading

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The ‘Comprehensive Report’ on the Jordan Lead Codices

Jim Davila has it.  He writes It is lengthy: over 1100 pages, although that includes many images. It addresses the issues that need to be addresed and does so thoughtfully and in great detail. Rather than coming to a final … Continue reading

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The IAA May Seek to Ban ALL Antiquities Dealing

Arrest of Jerusalem antiquities dealers opens a smuggling Pandora’s Box Use of Israel as a way station to legitimize sale of looted artifacts to Hobby Lobby prompts Antiquities Authority to seek ban on all dealing A few paragraphs in- During … Continue reading

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That Anonymous Letter of Complaint Has its Object Confused

Brigham Young University Greek expert Lincoln Blumell is baffled by an anonymous letter to the university that alleged he is preparing to publish a translation of ancient Iraqi artifacts illegally obtained by arts-and-crafts retailier Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby president Steve … Continue reading

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Anonymous Archaeologists Lodging Public Complaints: Shooting From the Dark and Under Cover

An anonymous group of “scholars of archaeology” is calling on Brigham Young University to investigate ties between an assistant professor of ancient scripture and Hobby Lobby, which recently become ensnared in allegations of antiquities smuggling. In a letter sent to … Continue reading

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Something to Add to Your Bookmarks: Jerusalem- Fall of a City

In 586 BCE, the city of Jerusalem fell to the Babylonian army and to its king, Nebuchadnezzar. Though Jerusalem was just one of many capital cities destroyed by the Babylonians, its destruction triggered significant changes in the intellectual, cultural, religious … Continue reading

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More Interesting Thoughts on Hobby Lobby and the Green Family

Dispelling the Myths Around the Hobby Lobby Antiquities Case. The author makes these important points: 1. Claiming a connection between Hobby Lobby and ISIS to score points against against the conservative organization trivializes a very serious situation. 2. This may … Continue reading

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Science or Politics? Where is the Oldest Archaeological Journal, PEQ, Headed?

New in Bible and Interpretation.   Give it a look.  I’m very keen to see Philip’s rejoinder.

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Why Archaeological Antiquities Should Not Be Sold on the Open Market, Period

This is a great essay, and quite correct too. Illicit antiquities are once again in the headlines. US retailer Hobby Lobby was recently fined US$3m (£2.3m) for illegally acquiring antiquities that were most likely looted from Iraq. Collectors and museums are therefore … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby, Israel, and the UAE- The Ties that Bind…

A complaint alleging gross theft of Iraq’s cultural heritage filed against Hobby Lobby, a US-based arts and craft retailer, highlights the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) rise as a global centre for illegal antiquities traffic and cooperation between UAE and Israeli … Continue reading

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Neil Brodie on The Hobby Lobby Thing

Part One Part Two Enjoy.

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A New Essay From Israel Finkelstein on the Arad Ostracon

This new essay … presents one track of work of the digital epigraphy group at TAU; we present the surprising results of multi-spectral imaging of the back side of Ostracon 16 from Arad, considered to be blank: S. Faigenbaum-Golovin, A. … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Jerusalem: From the Earliest Settlement to the Destruction of the City in AD 70

Jerusalem is one of the cities in the world on which most intensive archaeological research has been conducted. Nevertheless, the architectural history of the city resembles a puzzle of which only few pieces are known, which, moreover, belong to different … Continue reading

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