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.

Ancient Jerusalem had not just one temple

An Iron Age temple near Jerusalem has upended the idea that the ancient Kingdom of Judah had just one temple

Has Archaeology Buried the Bible?

Overview Bringing the Bible and ancient Israel into a new and brighter light. In the last twenty years, archaeological evidence has dramatically illuminated ancient Israel, particularly its religion. However, instead of proving the truth of the Bible, as an earlier generation had confidently predicted, the new discoveries have forced us to revise much of what […]

Is Ziklag being found

As Bible scholars, historians and archaeologists we would always love to find the most hidden places and love to come to know more about what happened in the past. We are fully aware that archaeology doesn’t provide 100% certainty on what we are looking for or on what we find. With our hands we are […]

From ancient Greece to ancient Judea: The Hellenization of Jewish culture

From the time of Alexander the Great in the fourth century B.C.E., Jews lived in a world in which Greek culture carried a certain prestige and offered a route to political influence. Hellenistic and Roman-era art from the Biblical world shines a spotlight on Judean identity and cultural influences during a formative period in the […]

Josephus, Masada heroes and ancient Jewish rebels

After the fall of Jerusalem Emperor Titus returned to Rome and received a triumphant welcome. At the same time, the Romans began to restore order in Judaea by putting down any final resistance and regaining control of the last few strongholds held by Zealots. The last and longest of these final encounters was the Siege […]

Biblical Archaeology: Past, Present and Future

Biblical Archaeology: Past, Present and Future Biblical archaeology has come a long way since its early days a century ago, when American and European Bible scholars and archaeologists directed excavations with the intent of unearthing physical evidence for the people and events described in the Bible. Today, dozens of field projects are using cutting-edge technologies […]

The Casualties of War: The Truth about the Iraq Museum

From the old news-box As Baghdad was falling to coalition forces in April 2003, the international media reported that the Iraq Museum had been ransacked and more than 170,000 of the finest antiquities from the very cradle of civilization had been stolen while U.S. forces stood idle. The list of missing objects read like a […]

Damage to Archaeological Sites and pursuit of profit

When Al Quada (Al Qaida) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS-ISIL) tried to create their own huge state, they wanted to get rid of everything what had to do with pagan worship. They did not want any trace of ancient culture to tarnish their habitat. Therefore they did not mind destroying anything […]

Archaeologists unearth rare 1,700 year inscription and church in Israeli Desert

German and Israeli scientists discovered a 1700-year-old stone bearing the name of a city believed to be the possible location of an ancient biblical town. The Greek inscription refers to the city of Elusa (Halutza in Hebrew) and was discovered during excavations in Halutza National Park in the Negev desert. “The name of the city […]

H̱orvot Meẕada

Masada, Hebrew H̱orvot Meẕada (“Ruins of Masada”), ancient mountaintop fortress (‬ metsada, “fortress”) in southeastern Israel, site of the Jews’ last stand against the Romans after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 ce. Masada occupies the entire top of an isolated mesa near the southwest coast of the Dead Sea. The rhomboid-shaped mountain towers 1,424 […]

Zion Fortress and the Spring Citadel of City of David

Archeological digs in the Biblical City of David started in 1867 – exactly 100 years before the city returned to Jewish control – by The Palestine Exploration Fund (P.E.F), led by Captain Charles Warren. But the first excavator to reach the thick of the fortress, without even realizing it at the time, was a treasure […]

Excavations under Wilson’s Arch, near the Western Wall in Jerusalem

Last year eight stone courses of the Western Wall that had been buried under an 8-meter layer of earth were uncovered in excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Western Wall Tunnels in Jerusalem. These stone courses, completely preserved, are built of massive stones and are outstanding in the quality of their construction. […]

Exodus: History, myth, folktale, truth

Professor Charles R. Krahmalkov in the pages of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), wrote “In Biblical studies truth is often only a matter of personal opinion, or a test of scholarly perceptions, or a momentary consensus.” We would not so much agree with that. For us the Truth would be to cling to the literal word […]