Jerusalem in the First Century

This digital recreation of first century Jerusalem was shared by the Huffington Post together with a large number of real photos from modern Israel, all of which I understand are from the long-awaited IMAX movie about Jerusalem. Many of the photos are breathtaking, and so do click through and take a look!   [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...]

Ancient Israelite House

Photos of a replica of an ancient Israelite house from the Houses of Ancient Israel exhibit at the Semitic Museum at Harvard University. Via the Ancient Art Tumblr   [Read more...]

Fragments Discovered in Israel

Many bloggers have already noted the discovery of a fragment of an inscribed vessel which originated in the Jerusalem area in the 10th or 11th century. Here is a photo: Christopher Rollston has proposed that what remains of the inscription may mean “pot” followed by the first letter either of someone’s name or an indication [Read More...]

Ancient/Middle East Academic Resources Online

A whole range of interesting materials have popped up on blogs today, and so I thought I’d gather them and share them here. AWOL shared the Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine project (and also Greek Inscriptions) and the Middle East Research Journals project. AMIR mentioned Michael Hillman’s books and other materials for learning Persian language and culture, available [Read More...]

Temple of Science Fiction

GakuseiDon left a comment on a recent post pointing out that there is a Buddhist temple, Wat Rong Khun, which includes depictions of characters and scenes from science fiction in its artwork. Here’s an example: Did you spot Neo? Click through for more images from the temple’s artwork and architecture! Also at the intersection of religion [Read More...]

Lecture on Exodus and Conquest

I had hoped to make a recording of my class today, but we ended up discussing points raised by a student’s presentation, and so I recorded the above lecture in my office later in the day, so that I can post it and not take more class time covering the key points. I’d be interested [Read More...]

Jesus’ Family and Modern Bethlehem

The blog +972 shared the news earlier today that the Israeli embassy in Ireland had posted a derogatory status update about Palestinians, in connection with Jesus and Mary, on their Facebook page: A thought for Christmas…If Jesus and mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in [Read More...]

Lecture on Amos and Hosea

I recorded my class on Amos and Hosea. There were no separate slides prepared, and so you can simply listen to the lecture as a podcast. I hope to try recording some things in a smart classroom at some point, so that I can even capture writing on the smartboard, much like one sees in [Read More...]

Lecture on Geography and the Bible

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