Secrets of Early Christian Galilee

My friend Eldad Keynan shared the above video on YouTube. Eldad is fascinated with a subject that is far too neglected, namely the evidence of Christianity in ancient Galilee. We know from both Jewish and Christian texts that Jewish Christianity had a significant presence in the region in the first few centuries after the time of [Read More...]

Virtual Magic Bowl Archive

AWOL shared a link to the Virtual Magic Bowl Archive, which features photos taken by Matthew Morgenstern, I believe. The practice of making and using magic bowls is something that Jews and Mandaeans in Mesopotamia shared in common. [Read more...]

Among the Tombs

My friend Eldad Keynan has set up a website, focusing on tombs in Israel, a subject that greatly interests him, and me as well. I remember visiting a tomb with him in 2011 which is supposedly that of Joshua of Sakhnin, but which Bellarmino Baggatti thinks might have been the tomb of Jacob of Sakhnin, a [Read More...]

Biblical Sodom Unearthed?

An article in World News Daily suggests that archaeologists may have uncovered the Biblical city of Sodom. Apparently the city was destroyed by fire and brimstone, and archaeological excavations show that all of the family tombs in the city belonged to same-sex couples who were dressed in fabulous clothing with no clashing colors. This would [Read More...]

Egregious Misuse of Archaeology

Yesterday I became aware of an article that illustrates the dubious way Biblical inerrantists use (and that is the appropriate word, rather than something like “engage in”) archaeology. It included this: Peterson supports conservative Christians getting involved in archaeology in order to use archaeology as a way to prove the Bible historically. “We interpret the [Read More...]

Was Jesus Sold for Drug Money?

The short answer to the question in the title of this post is almost certainly “no.” But it still seemed worth sharing the news article that came to my attention, claiming that an archaeologist has found the tomb of Judas, and in it, a pipe with traces of cannabis resin. I suspect that this may [Read More...]

Ai Ai Ai!

It was in the news recently that Associates for Biblical Research claims to have made a find that indicates that the city of Ai could have been inhabited in a period when it could have been destroyed by the Israelites. Associates for Biblical Research, if you aren’t familiar with it, is an organization which is [Read More...]

Ancient Iraqi Aliens?

Via the All Mesopotamia Tumblr, I learned of the Huffington Post article suggesting that this figure on a vessel in the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad is proof of ancient aliens: Any readers with expertise on ancient Mesopotamian art want to offer a different perspective on what is depicted? In almost but not entirely unrelated [Read More...]

Christopher Rollston on the James Ossuary

Steve Caruso shared the video below featuring Christopher Rollston and Gabriel Barkay talking about the James Ossuary. (If you missed it, see also Steve’s recent Twitter exchange with Jesus.) Of related interest, the Israel Antiquities Authorities has an online archaeological database that is full of useful resources.   [Read more...]

Two Shekel Chuck

It has been proposed that the above Hebrew inscription may have indicated that the vessel contained wine of the lowest quality. The article’s proposed connections with Solomon are pure speculation, but given the traditions connecting Solomon’s court with a school of wisdom, it is fun to ponder whether, then as now, grad students were among [Read More...]

James Ossuary in the News Again

The site IO9 posted an article today about the James Ossuary. It shouldn’t be necessary to emphasize that the finding of an accused forger not guilty is not the same thing as the genuineness and authenticity of an artifact being adequately demonstrated. Unfortunately, as a result of cleaning and other things to which the bone box [Read More...]


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