Category Archives: Archaeology

The Last Battle in Jerusalem

In Hebrew with English subtitles.

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The Magdala Stone Goes on Display

Described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern Israel, the Magdala Stone, unearthed in 2009 near the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has been unveiled to the public for first time as part of a joint … Continue reading

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T. Römer, “Khirbet Qeiyafa – Some Thoughts of a Biblical Scholar. Response to Yosef Garfinkel and Aren Maeir”

I love this guy. The article challenges the identification of Khirbet Qeiyafa with Shaaraim, mentioned only three times (or even less) in the Hebrew Bible. It also questions Garfinkel’s idea that the place should be related directly to King David. … Continue reading

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A New Documentary on the ‘Babel Stele’

Via– From the website of the Smithsonian Channel: SECRETS: SEASON 4: EPISODE 1 TOWER OF BABEL Inside the legendary city of Babylon in modern-day Iraq lie the remains of a vast structure, which ancient records suggest was the Tower of … Continue reading

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A Forthcoming Volume You’ll Want to Read

The Old Testament in Archaeology and History, Edited by Jennie Ebeling, J. Edward Wright, Mark Elliott and Paul V. M. Flesher One hundred and fifty years of sustained archaeological investigation has yielded a more complete picture of the ancient Near … Continue reading

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Something New in Bible and Interpretation

What Do Old, Dirty, Broken Pieces Of Pottery Have To Do With The Bible? Robbing tombs is illegal. Most of the “museum pieces” found in Israel are rather homely and plain. Yes, you will dig up hundreds of potsherds if … Continue reading

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Michael Langlois in Israel

This looks fun.

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Eric Cline’s Latest Book

Jerusalem Besieged. Jerusalem Besieged offers a sweeping history across the millennia, yet focuses on a single location—a view of centuries of often violent battles for one city. Author Eric Cline tells the story of four thousand years of struggles for … Continue reading

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Alan Millard Eviscerates Doug Petrovich’s Notions on Hebrew and the Oldest Alphabet

Right here.  Enjoy.

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Is the Tiberias Stadium Really a Stadium?

This interesting essay explores the question. While archaeological excavations often help us to elucidate the narratives found in ancient texts, trying to combine the two sources can sometimes lead us astray. Examples where texts are used for the interpretation of archaeological … Continue reading

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A Brief Visit to the British Museum

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Finally, Someone in the Media Who Understands Historical Context

“But interpreting new skeletons and new DNA data, however, requires both context and nuance that are often lost in popular presentations of archaeological data. While we should absolutely consider the similarities between daily lives of past people and ours today, … Continue reading

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Happy 68th Birthday, Israel Finkelstein!

Today is Israel’s birthday. He’s an incredibly influential Israeli archaeologist and he has overseen the excavation of most of Israel’s most important sites. Over the years he’s been a great friend and I appreciate his great work. Check out a … Continue reading

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David Be’eri’s Useful Idiots

This is must reading. Every archaeological discovery made in the City of David in the past twenty years can be measured in the dispossession and humiliation it has caused to the Palestinians of Silwan, in its contribution to the settlers’ … Continue reading

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Kiriath Jearim Will Finally Be Excavated

By Finkelstein and Römer no less! The Shmunis Family Excavations at Kiriath Jearim‘s first season kicks off in August under the aegis of Tel Aviv University’s Israel Finkelstein and Christophe Nicolle and Thomas Römer of College de France. “The place … Continue reading

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Minerva Center Conference Announcement

Via Aren Maeir- The planned schedule for the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times (RIAB), which will be held on March 1-3, 2017, at Bar-Ilan University and the Hebrew … Continue reading

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Three Stones Make a Wall: The Story of Archaeology

Eric Cline’s new book is out. In 1922, Howard Carter peered into Tutankhamun’s tomb for the first time, the only light coming from the candle in his outstretched hand. Urged to tell what he was seeing through the small opening … Continue reading

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A 12th Cave Has Been Found Which Houses Dead Sea Scrolls

Here’s the Hebrew University Press release: Hebrew University Archaeologists Find 12th Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Oren Gutfeld: “This is one of the most exciting archaeological discoveries, and the most important in the last 60 years, in … Continue reading

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Schiffman on Post Maccabean Jerusalem

Here’s an interesting essay: The period following the Maccabean Revolt ushered in tremendous expansion in the city of Jerusalem and even on the Har Habayit (Temple Mount). Jerusalem expanded westward to include the area known as the Upper City and … Continue reading

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Jerusalem in Virtual Reality: The App

A virtual reality company has produced a visual app that is touted to present an archaeologically accurate 3D reconstruction of ancient Jerusalem as it appeared during the time of King Herod, around the time of Jesus of the Christian New … Continue reading

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