Palestinians Need Philistine DNA Match to Get their State

This week's issue of Christianity Today magazine has an article entitled, "Biblical Archaeology's Top Ten Discoveries of 2016." It says the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon archaeology team's discovery and announcement of a mass graveyard at the ancient Philistine city of Ashkelon is the fourth most important archaeological discovery in 2016. But I think it could become number 1.As I've posted before, the main intent of this team is to get DNA from some of these approximately 210 Philistine … [Read more...]

Did the Doomsday Clock Just Move Closer to Midnight?

No. But after what happened Thursday, it appears it could happen soon.The Doomsday Clock was created two years after the catastrophe in which the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan during WWII. The wikipedia article on The Doomsday Clock begins, "The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face that represents a countdown to possible global catastrophe (e.g., nuclear war or climate change). It has been maintained since 1947 by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists . . . … [Read more...]

Facebook to Rescue the Truth

Something called "fake news" has been growing quickly on the Internet. It's getting so Internet users don't know what's fake and what's true regarding what's happening. To make matters worse, more than half of Americans are now getting their news from social media on the Internet, especially from Facebook and its News Feed. And fewer Americans are getting their news from television broadcasts. Most alarming, I think, is that only 10% of Americans get their news from newspapers. Actually, that's … [Read more...]

Trump Picks Friedman as U.S. Ambassador to Israel

Yesterday, Republican and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump named David M. Friedman as his choice for U.S. ambassador to Israel. Friedman--a Jew who speaks Hebrew fluently--is a bankruptcy lawyer with no diplomatic experience. He also has been an outspoken opponent of the two-state solution. He suggests it would not be against international law for Israel to unilaterally annex the entire West Bank. And Mr. Friedman strongly advocates moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.During … [Read more...]

West Bank Jews Ecstatic About Trump

The traditional two-state solution for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has died another death with President-elect Donald Trump about to take hold of the reigns at the White House on January 20th next year. And Jews inhabiting West Bank settlements are celebrating it. Why? Donald Trump says the settlements are not "an obstacle to peace." That's according to Trump's Israeli advisor, American Jason Greenblatt, as reported by Israel Army Radio. A surprising 17% of West Bank Jews also have … [Read more...]

No More Jacob Neusner at SBL

Jacob Neusner died on October 8 this year at 84 years of age. He was a very prolific scholar who highly influenced American Jewish studies of religion. Neusner was a pioneer in studying Judaism in relation to Christianity. And he was a fixture at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, which will occur this weekend. I'm sure Dr. Neusner will be sorely missed there by many, especially his publishers. Jacob Neusner is most known for having written or edited 950 … [Read more...]

Trump for Israel?

Donald Trump--a non-politician and multi-billionaire real estate magnate--became president-elect of the USA last Tuesday. It is turning the USA upside down. Almost all of the dozens of professional pollsters were wrong. They had the Democratic nominee--former First Lady and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton--ahead by an average of 5% of the popular vote. Actually, she did barely win the popular vote but still lost because the USA has a unique Electoral College that decides the victor.What is … [Read more...]

Were the Ancient Philistines “Sea Peoples”?

Sometimes, myths are propagated as true history, and they need to be deconstructed. Such is the case with ancient Philistines. They were a migrant people who settled in southwestern Palestine to become the arch rival of the ancient Israelites. The historical books of the Jewish Bible are full of narratives about conflicts and battles between the Israelites and the Philistines. Both peoples were migrants to this portion of The Levant. The Bible is quite clear about how the Israelites came into … [Read more...]