Burial in Ancient Israel Part 1: The First Graves

Natufian Burial

Rather than just leaving you postless and bereft as I work on an essay, I decided to share little slices of it over the course of the week. The essay concerns burial practices in the Levant, from the earliest evidence up to the time of Christ. The way we handle our dead is of immense cultural significance, [Read More...]

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St. Augustine Asks the Hard Questions Atheists Don’t Ask UPDATED

Atheists think Christians believe this is how things really happened.

It’s fun to read or listen to super-duper-smart professional atheists (well, they think they’re smart) banging on about the book of Genesis. It’s a useful issue for them, because the primeval history in scripture is mysterious, complex, and rich in symbolism. So, naturally, Reason Warriors approach it with the childish literalism of a young-earth creationist. Perhaps this works for them [Read More...]

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Seal Depicting Samson Discovered (Or Maybe Not)

It’s hard to know what to make of this story at this point, so I’m just going to put it out there as reported. Excavations at Tel Beit Shmesh have turned up an interesting stone seal at a level dating to about the 11th century BC. This is the seal:   It’s about 1.5 cm [Read More...]

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Levantine DNA in Ethiopia May Support Biblical Story

Genetic researchers believe they’ve found evidence that people from Israel, Egypt, or Syria mixed with Ethiopians 3000 years ago. The timing of this appearance of the new DNA coincides with the historical period in which the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon. According to legend, the queen returned to Ethiopia bearing Solomon’s son. Professor Chris [Read More...]

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Tax Collecting in Ancient Israel

It’s that time of the year again, but maybe you can take comfort from the fact that people have paid taxes since the first nomads set down roots, built some huts, and decided that someone should really hire a guy to cart away all these leftover woolly mammoth bones, and then maybe send him off [Read More...]

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Mourning the Pierced One

longinus

The Book of Zechariah: Background Zechariah can be a difficult book at times, partly due to some obscure language, but also because there are two distinct textual traditions. Chapters 1-8 are the work of the prophet Zechariah himself, written before the inauguration of the Second Temple, possibly around the year 520BC. These initial chapters contain [Read More...]

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