Category Archives: Archaeology

New From Aren Maeir

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Roberta Mazza on the Papyri- A Zoom Lecture

Join us on zoom on Dec. 11th for the twelfth of our 2020 #EOTalks series! This event will feature Roberta Mazza, who will talk about why papyri are way more than the texts they bear, and why, therefore, we urgently need … Continue reading

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Legal and Ethical Guidelines for Research on Archaeological and Heritage Artefacts

This is worth your attention. A resource for staff and students at MF who work with cultural heritage materials such as ancient, medieval, and modern artefacts from different countries around the world. Working with these types of materials sometimes raises … Continue reading

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Norma Franklin Has Long Deserved a Festschrift, And Now She’s Getting One!

I’m definitely ordering a copy of this. Edited by Jennie Ebeling and Philippe Guillaume: This volume celebrates the career of Norma Franklin, an archaeologist who has made important contributions to our understanding of the three key cities of Samaria, Megiddo, … Continue reading

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A Penis Bone in Genesis 2:21? Retrodiagnosis as a Methodological Problem in Scriptural Studies

Well ok then…  Now for something completely different in Bible and Interpretation– Ziony Zevit is the Distinguished Professor in Bible and Northwest Semitic Languages in the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University. He has done widely respected … Continue reading

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To Loot Or Not To Loot, in Helsinki, 10 Nov 2020

The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most important archaeological discoveries related to the Bible. But the (hi)story of their discovery by Bedouin, in the mid-twentieth century, is problematic and raises doubts as to their authenticity and provenance. Likewise, … Continue reading

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The Pandemic Super Stupendous Biblical Studies Carnival: October Edition (Posted 1 November) – Now With More Puppies

Last month’s Carnival, hosted by Brent Niedergall, had a Dr Seuss theme. If you haven’t had a chance to look at it, do so. It will put a smile on your face.  Then come on back and enjoy the Pandemic … Continue reading

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NYU Archaeology Conference

Do take note of an online conference, “The Land That I Will Show You”: Recent Archaeological & Historical Studies of Ancient Israel, sponsored by the NYU Skirball Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies. For the program and to register, visit: … Continue reading

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Spend an Hour with Jodi Magness

If you can, you definitely should.  I wish I could but I’m occupied 7-8 every Wednesday.

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A new Center for Epigraphical Studies at Persepolis World Heritage Site: A Guest Post

A new Center for Epigraphical Studies at Persepolis World Heritage Site On behalf of Persepolis World Heritage Site, it is of utmost pleasure to announce that the Center for Epigraphical Studies has started its work at Persepolis. Persepolis, Naqsh-e … Continue reading

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The Earliest Israel: Territorial History in the Highlands of Canaan

Can the Shechem–Shiloh polity of the Iron I be identified as the earliest Israel? In other words: When was the territorial-name Shechem, designating a city-state, replaced by the name Israel for a polity in approximately the same territory? Chapter from: … Continue reading

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What Makes it a Symbol of the ‘Davidic Dynasty’?

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The IAA Announces a Major Discovery

Via Joseph Lauer This morning, Thursday, September 3, 2020, the IAA circulated English and Hebrew press releases over its insignia and those of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the City of David asking, “Has the original ‘Commissioner’s Palace’ … Continue reading

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An Excellent Response to Garfinkel’s ‘Face of Yahweh’ Claim

By Oded Lipschits, Ido Koch, and others. In the most recent issue of BAR, Yosef Garfinkel claimed that an anthropomorphic (human-shaped) clay head from Khirbet Qeiyafa, two similar clay heads and two horse figurines from Tel Moẓa, and two anthropomorphic vessels from the … Continue reading

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More Ridiculous Claims from Archaeology: The ‘Face of Yahweh’

An archaeologist’s controversial assertion that a nearly 3,000-year-old clay head may depict the face of the biblical deity Yahweh has sparked a furious response from fellow researchers, who are calling the theory unfounded and irresponsible. Stop it. The story appeared … Continue reading

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Those Lying Archaeological Headlines

Here’s the headline: Archaeologists Find Assyrian Siege Ramp at Biblical City of Azekah And here’s the reality, in the story itself! Now archaeologists digging among the remains of the ancient settlement in what is now southern Israel, may have found … Continue reading

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The Fascination, Challenges, and Joys of Being a Historian of Ancient Israelite Religion

What is entailed in writing a history of ancient Israelite religion? How might the concept of divinity be used as an organizing principle to explore the wide variety of religious experiences? What skill-set is needed for such an undertaking, and … Continue reading

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Ancient Attraction

Ancient Attraction is a Digital Lecture Series on Beauty, Attractiveness and Sex Appeal in the Ancient Mediterranean World See the entire series schedule and descriptions here.

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Roberta Mazza’s Take on Ariel Sabar’s New Book on the Karen King ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’ Fraud

She starts: I have had a very hard time reading the new book of Ariel Sabar on the Jesus Wife fragment saga. (I call it fragment on purpose as the definition of Gospel is misleading, in my opinion). Don’t get me … Continue reading

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The Archaeology of Nazareth in the Early First Century

New over at Bible and Interpretation; and better than anything you’ll read at the archaeology of the bible magazine website by miles. The combined evidence of these three sites indicates that Nazareth was inhabited from at least the early first … Continue reading

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