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First Temple Era Wall Uncovered

Posted on Saturday, March 31st, 2007

It appears that Eilat Mazar’s Jerusalem excavation is turning up more significant finds every year (see here for previous discoveries). The Jerusalem Post has an article in which it is claimed that a wall from the First Temple period was recently uncovered in Jerusalem’s City of David. Here is an excerpt: A 20-meter-long section of [...]

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King David: Fact or Fiction?

Posted on Saturday, August 5th, 2006

I saw this a couple days ago, but didn’t have time to post: Richard Ostiling of the Associated Press (via PE.com) has a brief report on Israel Finkelstein and Neil Silberman’s (somewhat) new book, David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible’s Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition (Free Press, 2006; Buy [...]

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Posted in Archaeology, City of David, Historiography, History of Ancient Israel, News | 4 Comments »

Biblical Studies Carnival II

Posted on Saturday, February 4th, 2006

Welcome to the second Biblical Studies Carnival! Whether you want to call them biblioblogs or just blogs, what is certain is that Biblical Studies is alive and well in the blogosphere. From cuneiform to creation, the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Devil, forgeries to lost books, and rapture to resurrection, there is something to interest [...]

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Mazar’s City of David Discovery and “Biblical” Archaeology

Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2005

As has been noted by a few blogs already, Eliat Mazar has published a short article on her city of David excavations — provocatively entitled “Did I Find King David’s Palace?” — in the most recent volume of Biblical Archaeology Review (available for free download here). The article is definitely worth a read. Mazar based [...]

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Mazar’s Jerusalem Excavation in the News (with Photos)

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2005

There is a pretty good article on Eilat Mazar’s Jerusalem excavation by The Washington Post writer Scott Wilson (also see here). The article didn’t say much new (see my previous coverage here, as well as information on the seal discovered in the excavation here), but did have some excellent pictures accompanying it: Photo Credit: Scott [...]

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Petition/Advertisement regarding the Treatment of Prof. Hanan Eshel

Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

As many of my readers would be aware, I have tried to cover the events surrounding Prof. Hanan Eshel’s recovery of some ancient scroll fragments of the book of Leviticus (for more on the Leviticus fragments see my coverage here). Eshel’s actions (purchasing the fragments from the bedouin, among other things) led to an investigation [...]

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Ancient Hebrew Alphabetic Inscription Discovered

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Another significant archaeological discovery in Israel was just announced. A large limestone boulder with an “abecedary” (an inscription with the letters of the alphabet written from beginning to end) was discovered on the last day of the 2005 season of excavations at Tel Zeitah, Israel, which is about 30 miles south of Tel Aviv. What [...]

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Yehukal Seal Tracing Update

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

I had some very helpful comments by Robert Deutsch on the tracing of the letters on my Yehukal Seal blog entry. I have updated the image to reflect most of the recommendations, though I have to admit that I cannot make out some of the suggestions on the picture of the seal I am working [...]

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Yehukal Seal Picture and Discussion (Updated)

Posted on Sunday, August 7th, 2005

Here is a pretty clear picture of the Yehukal bulla that was discovered by Eilat Mazar in her Jerusalem dig: (Thanks to Joseph I. Lauer for the link; the picture was published in the Taipei Times) Here is a tracing of the bulla I made to show the letters in greater relief; note that the [...]

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King David’s Palace Discovered – Minimalists Convert!

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2005

The International Herald Tribune has posted a story on the recent excavations and discoveries in Jerusalem: “King David’s fabled palace: Is this it?” (Also available at the New York Times). The find purportedly includes “the partial foundations of a sizable public building, constructed in the Phoenician style, dating from the 10th to 9th centuries B.C., [...]

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