Mount Gerizim and Can scholars piece together ancient worship practices

Temples have been found throughout the ancient Near East. Mostly we do not have a very good idea of what and how things went on at these sites. Along with reconstructing architectural remains, we can wonder if scholars can piece together ancient worship practices. Over the years, many ancient temples have been discovered and laid […]

Oded Borowski his ‘Indiana Jones’ moment at Tell Halif

Oded Borowski in the summer of 1987 was with a team of the Lahav Research Project (LRP) conducting its seventh field season at the site of Tell Halif in southern Israel. At that time, they were conducting some experiments with ground penetrating radar (GPR), a new technology that had not yet been used for archaeological […]

Concerning the destruction of house of the people or a house of God

Renowned biblical scholar Richard Elliott Friedman, a professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia and author of the best-selling book “Who Wrote the Bible?” says that there is not a word in Jeremiah 39 about the Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem being destroyed Temple was destroyed when describing the capture of Jerusalem.  For him, […]

Tel Arad Temple

In the northeast Negev, southern Israel, (about 5 1/2 miles (9 km) east-northeast) can be found the ruins of one of the cities of the Canaanite king of ʿArad which were “utterly destroyed” by Israel’s armies. The city’s name appears on the Temple of Amon, al-Karnak, Egypt, in the triumphal inscription of Pharaoh Sheshonk I […]

Excavation of the great temple at Motza near Jerusalem

Shua Kisilevitz of Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority and Prof. Oded Lipschits of Tel Aviv University are leading the 2021 summer dig of the temple at Motza (alternatively spelled Moza) from the same period as the First Temple. Possibly also like Solomon’s temple, this one, a little over six kilometres from the […]

Excavating ‘Auja el-Foqa

It is good to learn that the archaeologists at the different sites in Israel had no real problems with the present CoViD-19 pandemic. At ‘Auja el-Foqa it might be due to the timing of their dig season last year (February 9–20, 2020), that the researchers were not affected by the virus. Directed by David Ben-Shlomo […]

Masada and its secrets

Masada is a stronghold (which is a translation of the Hebrew) or rock fortress on an isolated high hill surrounded by precipitous cliffs and therefore nearly impregnable, situated at the E Judean desert close to the Dead Sea, some 16.5 km (10 mi.) S of Engedi, on the western shore of the Dead Sea, across […]

New Dead Sea Scroll fragments found in Israel

Israeli archaeologists announced this week the discovery of dozens of new Dead Sea Scroll fragments. Found in a desert cave and likely stashed away during a Jewish revolt against Rome nearly 1,900 years ago, the scraps of biblical texts offer a rare window into the history of Judaism, early Christian life, and humankind. To make the […]

Shape of Ezekiel’s Temple

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #18 Shape of Ezekiel’s Temple Prior to the work entitled “The Temple of Ezekiel’s Prophecy”, by H. Sulley (see “Christadelphian Answers”, Temple of Ezekiel’s Prophecy), the generally accepted form of the predicted Temple was that of a square building measuring 500 cubits each way. This building, or rather series […]

Concerning some writers of our series on prophecy #3 William Henry Boulton

The British William Henry Boulton may not be confused with the Canadian lawyer and political figure who was affiliated with the Church of England in Canada and lived in Canada West also called Upper Canada (the former colony of Upper Canada after being united into the Province of Canada), Several of our brethren have become […]

Biblical Bread: Baking Like the Ancient Israelites

Dr. Shafer-Elliott wrote for Bible History Daily and shows her fascination with food, which goes beyond watching the food network, surfing Pinterest for new recipes, or serving a meal to her family or guests. Food as a subject boiled-over (pun intended) into her academic research interests, too. she looks at the making of bread and different types of traditional ovens that are still used today in the Middle East.

Virtual Museum Tours

In light of the global pandemic, museums throughout the world have closed their physical doors. Yet rather than pausing their educational mission, many have opened up their collections to be explored and enjoyed digitally. Even if you are confined within your home, you can virtually tour some of the world’s top museums. Visit artsandculture.google.com/partner to […]

Lipscomb University Launches Lanier Center for Archaeology

Founded by internationally renowned archaeology scholars Dr. Thomas Davis and Dr. Steven Ortiz, the Lanier Center for Archaeology brings globally recognized archaeological research to Lipscomb University, a nationally ranked research institution in Nashville, Tennessee. The Lanier Center for Archaeology plans to offer a Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology of the Ancient Near East and a […]

Get the Most Out of Your Research Trip: Advice for First-Time Archive Researchers

Biblical scholarship, Biblical criticism with Humanities are branches of knowledge that concern themselves with human beings and their culture or with analytic and critical methods of inquiry derived from an appreciation of human values and of the unique ability of the human spirit to express itself and are concerned to avoid dogma and bias by applying a non-sectarian, reason-based judgment, trying to reconstruct history according to contemporary understanding. Studying aspects of human society and culture, based on historical findings and available documents, using the grammar, structure, development, and relationship of language to identify such characteristics as the Bible’s literary structure, its genre, its context, meaning, authorship, and origins.

Lachish in the Bible

Originally posted on Braman's Wanderings:
When I talk to people and let them know that I am going on an archaeological dig, one of the first things they want to know is where will I be digging. When I give Lachish as the answer I usually get confused looks. Even a colleague who grew…

Thinking of Lachish

Originally posted on Braman's Wanderings:
This weekend I have been listening to II Kings while out walking. Of course this means that I have also been thinking of Lachish as it is mentioned several times in the narrative. I have been to Lachish on each of my four trips to Israel, and on two…

The Lachish Latrine

Originally posted on Braman's Wanderings:
This morning while checking the latest posts on Facebook I discovered that Tel Lachish was in the news. I had eagerly been waiting for this news and planned to write a blog post as soon as it was released. However, it came on a busy day for me. I…

Digging in a Temple

Originally posted on Braman's Wanderings:
Today in the news there have been articles about a Canaanite Temple that was found at Lachish in Israel. Below is a link to an article in Arutz Sheva. 3,000-year-old Canaanite temple discovered in southern Israel Several years ago I spent a couple of weeks digging in the temple…

Good reason to visit certain places in Israel

Having a look at some present excavations which may attract the present tourist in the Holy Land.