Category Archives: Archaeology
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
New in Bible and Interpretation. Give it a look. I’m very keen to see Philip’s rejoinder.
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
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
Part One Part Two Enjoy.
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
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
In Hebrew with English subtitles.
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
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