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...]

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...]

RIP Jerome Murphy-O’Connor

I just learned that New Testament scholar Jerome Murphy-O’Connor has passed away. He was a remarkably insightful scholar, capable of being very traditional and/or very creative in trying to make the best possible sense of the evidence. Those who have traveled to the Holy Land will or should know his The Holy Land: An Oxford [Read More...]

Talpiot Tomb Latest

The Talpiot Tomb seems to surge in and out of public attention, and thus also in and out of focus in the biblioblogosphere, on the blogs of academics who focus on Biblical studies, archaeology, and other related fields. What led it to become a focus again was the report that renowned scholar Emile Puech had [Read More...]

William Dever on the Exodus and the Bible

Via Troy Avery on Facebook, I became aware of the above recording of a presentation by William Dever (a graduate of Butler University!) delivered at the University of California San Diego conference “Out of Egypt: Israel’s Exodus Between Text and Memory, History and Imagination.” [Read more...]

Drought, Earthquake, and the Emergence of Israel

Eric Cline has made the case that an earthquake storm in the Eastern Mediterranean region and Anatolia may have created the context in which early Israel emerged, as the resulting cutting of trade routes and system collapse brought about the demise of Canaanite civilization – and others – as they had existed up to this [Read More...]


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