Blogging Israel with an iPad

Although getting access to the Internet while in Israel was not always straightforward, that was largely a result of my decision to not go overboard with the 3G option. While I had it, it seemed to work fine, and the key will presumably be to get a larger data refill right away and then be [Read More...]

Archaeological Puzzles: Can You Identify These Objects?

A question for anyone interested, but in particular those of you with some archaeological experience: What do you think this might be? It is the same object from three different angles. What about this one? Or this one, which I assume are three pieces of one archaeological “puzzle”? [Read more...]

Blessed are Those who do not Vandalize Ancient Tombs

Today’s touring and exploring started at the Mount of Beatitudes. The beatitudes are, as typically in Christian tradition, presented in the Matthean version around the church and site, and so the contrast between Luke’s “Blessed are you who are poor” and the relatively rich site is not felt as strongly as it might be. We [Read More...]

To Galilee by way of Armageddon

I was excited when I saw that the route to Tiberias, and to Afula where I would be meeting Eldad Keynan who kindly agreed to show me around the Galilee, was by way of Megiddo, even though not all services stop there. The bus took me straight through the plain of Megiddo. It seems more [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Jerome Murphy-O’Connor)

“One expects the central shrine of Christendom to stand out in majestic isolation, but anonymous buildings cling to it like barnacles. One looks for numinous light, but it is dark and cramped. One hopes for peace, but the ear is assailed by a cacophony of warring chants. One desires holiness, only to encounter a jealous [Read More...]

From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to Bethlehem and Hebron

Scheduling issues meant that I headed straight to a tour of the West Bank my first day in Jerusalem. Fortunately I was able to at least see the Old City briefly and step inside it’s gates. Jerusalem can seem like an ordinary Israeli city. It is much more conservative by far than Tel Aviv, in [Read More...]

In Romania, Briefly

I made it to Romania late last night. I just learned that my luggage has made it to Romania too, and should catch up with me this evening. Even so it has been nice to see relatives here, and I feel refreshed after the time spent in airports and airplanes. Tomorrow I leave for Israel. [Read more...]

Scholarships at Tel Aviv University

The Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures of Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with TAU’s School for Overseas Students (OSP), is pleased to announce two $5,000 scholarships for international students in the new one year international program for overseas M.A. students – Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible. The new MA program (and a credit [Read More...]

Israel and Palestine around the Blogosphere

My recent post on the connection between certain kinds of end-times expectation and ongoing crises in the Middle East generated some discussion. Here are links to some things related to this topic that have turned up on other blogs. Richard Hall links to the text of a lecture by Amy Jill Levine: “Old Habits Die [Read More...]

Cleaning Up Another Apocalyptic Mess: Israel and the Palestinians

As one Rapture-related mess is being cleaned up, we should not forget another that great minds and national leaders are still struggling with: the tensions in the Middle East and in particular the plight of the Palestinians. Most readers have probably heard or read President Obama’s speech, as well as Israeli and Palestinian responses to [Read More...]


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