Signs of Israel

Here are some signs that I have seen in Israel thus far on the trip I am currently on. First, here is a sign I saw posted in the Church of St. Catherine next to the Church of the Nativity: Next, one of my favorites, from the church at Gethsemane, ironic because of its two [Read More...]

Port Cities in Israel

I love visiting port cities in Israel with students, because they illustrate in physical terms the connections that existed between this region and other civilizations around the Mediterranean. Yesterday we visited Old Joppa, which turns up not only in Jonah and Acts but also Clash of the Titans (the rock is still known today as [Read More...]

Travel and Blogging in May

Today I will be leaving for Israel and the West Bank with a group of students from Butler University. I hope to be sharing photos and updates from the trip here at Exploring Our Matrix, as well as on a blog dedicated specifically to that purpose: From Indianapolis to Israel There is also a Facebook [Read More...]

Continuity Errors in Tim LaHaye’s Fiction/Theology

Fred Clark continues his insightful and entertaining review of Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist in the Left Behind series. Here is a key point in his most recent post on the subject, after noting a major blunder in the story's consistency: For the fans of these books, though, the stakes are even higher. They have [Read More...]

Old Jerusalem on Google Maps Street View

I was struck to discover how much of not merely the city of Jerusalem, but even the old city of Jerusalem, can be explored on Google Maps’ street view. Click through and enjoy!   [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...]

Balforady Tours

The tour guide that I worked with on my last trip to Israel, Baligh Jazy, did a fantastic job. Often a professor has to correct many things a tour guide says, explaining that those things are legends and may not reflect history. Baligh was very different, demonstrating that he was well read on the history [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...]

Canaanite Religion, Israelite Religion

Tim Kimberley recently posted on the question of the commands to exterminate Canaanites in the Bible. In the post, he suggests that the genocide may have been justified since the Canaanites were practicing things like child sacrifice. The problem is that, historically speaking, the Israelites were Canaanites. The genetic evidence suggests this. The linguistic evidence suggests [Read More...]

Jerusalem IMAX 3D Trailer

I’ve shared it before, but it is worth sharing again, in case anyone missed it. [Read more...]

Was Child Sacrifice Once Common?

As modern people, we often find it hard to believe that ancient people lived as they did. And in the case of some practices, like human sacrifice, we may suspect that reports are exaggerated. In a discussion in a comment thread, this subject came up. Ezekiel 20:25-26 seems to suggest that child sacrifice in Israel [Read More...]


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