Does the Bible Err By Saying Philistines Predate Israelites in the Levant

For the past two weeks, I have been blogging occasionally about the amazing discovery of a 3,000-year old Philistine cemetery at Ashkelon, Israel, which was announced on July 10th. It is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever in the Levant. The Old Testament has much historical record about the Philistines being the arch rival of the ancient Israelites. The Philistines lived on the coastal plain, adjacent to the Israelites who lived predominantly in the Judean hill country and … [Read more...]

Jesus Did Not Live and Minister in Palestine

So many biblical scholars and Jesus researchers say Jesus lived and ministered in Palestine. I heard them say it last week at SBL's Annual Meeting some of them read their papers. Jesus did not live in Palestine and minister there. That is an anachronism. I think scholars should stop saying that and say what was true. Jesus lived in Galilee, and he traveled about the land of Israel (Judea, Samaria, and Galilee) ministering as an itinerant preacher-prophet for two to three years. He often went to … [Read more...]

Is the Two-State Solution Dead?

This question about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is getting a lot of attention lately. I think the answer is "yes" if you're talking about the two-state solution that has been the focus of the two parties involved as well as the international community for so many decades now. But I don't think another two-state solution is dead, one that would accord with Israel's Proclamation of Independence. It seems hardly anyone thinks about it. But that's what my 1990 book, Palestine Is Coming, is … [Read more...]

Interactive Map Shows Genetic Makeup of Populations

The University College of London has a Genetics Institute. It's website says it is "a world-leading centre to develop and apply bio-statistical and bio-informatics approaches to genetic research.  Its major, although not exclusive, remit is to focus on clinical and human population genetics."Last week, the UCL Genetics Institute and the University of Oxford made public for the first time its "interactive map" which shows the history of genetic mixing of ninety-five current populations in … [Read more...]


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