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Posted 05 November 2017 - 12:55 AM

Fighting Over the Bible: Jewish Interpretation, Sectarianism and Polemic from Temple to Talmud and Beyond

 

October 2017

 

By Isaac Kalimi
 
"The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament stands as an important sacred text for all branches of the Abrahamic faiths, although these maintain fundamentally different attitudes towards it. Nonetheless, far from unifying Jews, Christians and Muslims, the biblical texts divided them, and have regularly been used as weapons to condemn opponents – insiders and outsiders – rather than as tokens of unification and reconciliation."
 

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 01:03 AM

Israel Museum Studies in Archaeology
 
Volume 8 - 2016-2017
 
 
H/t: BiblePlacesBlog

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 01:15 AM

The Digitizing Tell en-Naṣbeh (Biblical Mizpah of Benjamin) Project
 
"Tell en-Naṣbeh is an archaeological site about 12 km (eight miles) north of the Old City of Jerusalem and south of the modern Palestinian city of Ramallah (31°53'07"N, 35°13'00"E; New Israel Grid 220559.86E - 643543.35N; Old Israel Grid 1706.1144) at 848 m (2762’) above sea level (Fig 1). The site sits on the trunk road running along the spine of the central hill country, connecting Hebron and Jerusalem on the south with important sites to the north, such as Samaria and Shechem. Tell en-Naṣbeh also sits near to the northern border of the tribe of Benjamin. Its location made it an important border fortress, protecting Jerusalem from attacks from the north (in Isaiah 10:27b–32 an imagined attacker diverts his approach on Jerusalem by taking the more roundabout eastern Michmash pass, rather than take the main road past Mizpah). The site, excluding surrounding cemeteries, is about 250 m north to south and 160 m east to west (Fig.2 and Plan of Plans below). It covers an area of 3.2 hectares (ca. 8 acres), though the area inside the fortifications only amounts to about 2.4 hectares and the actual area occupied by houses is only a bit over 1.7 hectares."

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 01:17 AM

Jerusalem Post  Israel News
 
ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER RARE REMAINS OF PREGNANT WOMAN IN KING SOLOMON’S MINES
 
BY DANIEL K. EISENBUD   
 
OCTOBER 31, 2017 19:51  
 
"The finding marks the first time archaeologists have discovered female remains in the area."

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 01:18 AM

SEVENTY YEARS OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
 
BY LAWRENCE SCHIFFMAN   
 
OCTOBER 31, 2017 21:07  
 
"The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956. After an initial flurry of excitement, the scrolls went into a period of quiet withdrawal."
 

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 01:39 AM

Of interest:

 

Beyond the Texts: An Archaeological Portrait of Ancient Israel and Judah

 

November 2017

 

By William G. Dever
 
"Countless books have been written about ancient Israel. But this work is the first mainstream history of ancient Israel to be published in English in 40 years. It also differs from previous scholarship by attempting to prove an alternative, archaeological based history, or as the title has it, a “portrait.” I am a veteran of more than 50 years of fieldwork and research in the archaeology of Israel, with hundreds of publications. Even so, I believe that a portrait is the best that I, or anyone, can offer."

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 01:41 AM

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The King of Judah, Jars of Wine, and the City of Jerusalem
 
The Jerusalem Papyrus and the forged words on it
 
Christopher Rollston   •  10/25/2017
 
"In October 2016, a papyrus mentioning the city of “Jerusalem,” “the king,” and “jars of wine” was published, amid much pomp and circumstance.1 The script and language were Hebrew, the words penned in ink on the papyrus. It seemed to some to be a truly sensational find. Based on the readings and restorations in the original publication, the inscription was interpreted to say: “…[Maidserv]ant of the King, from Na‘arat, two jars of wine to Jerusalem.” This content is quite sensational, as it mentions both the city of “Jerusalem” and “the King” (i.e., a king of Judah) in the same inscription, a true rarity to have both in the same inscription."
 
 

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 04:06 AM

1,600-Year-Old Church Mosaic Puzzles Out Key Role of Women in Early Christianity
 
Female donor memorialized in one of seven Greek inscriptions found recently in Byzantine village churches in the Galilee
 
By AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN
 
7 November 2017, 11:13 am
 
"A newly uncovered mosaic in the western Galilee speaks to the relatively high status of women in the early Church. Dating to the 5th century, a Greek-language inscription memorializes one “Sausann” (or Shoshana) as a donor for the construction of a village church. It is one of seven inscriptions — including a massive five-meter long text — which were found in three Byzantine churches during this summer’s excavations by Kinneret College archaeologist Mordechai Aviam and historian Jacob Ashkenazi."
 

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 12:10 AM

Training IDF Soldiers Uncover Large Scale Antiquities Robbery in Gush Etzion
 
By David Israel -  26 Heshvan 5778 – November 15, 2017
 
"IDF paratroopers training in the Gush Etzion area, last Thursday uncovered an underground water system which had been invaded by antiquities robbers. The underground system, at the site of the biblical Eitam mountain (Givat HaEitam, which is an extension of Efrat), dates back to the First Temple period, Israel’s Channel 20 reported Tuesday."

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 12:36 AM

Were Gates of Solomon’s Desert Fortress, Described in 1 Kings, Uncovered in Israel?
 
By Eliana Rudee November 12, 2017 , 12:30 pm
 
"A structure from Biblical times, which one volunteer identified as the gates of Solomon’s desert fortress, has been uncovered at the Biblical Tamar Park in southern Israel. Paul Lagno, Bible student and participant in a five-day dig at the Biblical Tamar Park, suggested that the discovery gives evidence to the Biblical account of  Judean control over Tamar."
 

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 12:41 AM

Skeletons Could Provide Clues to Who Wrote or Protected the Dead Sea Scrolls
 
Few women or children have been found at Qumran burial site, suggesting similarities to Byzantine monastery cemeteries
 
BY BRUCE BOWER 2:05PM, NOVEMBER 17, 2017
 
BOSTON — "A decades-long debate over who once occupied a settlement located near the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found has taken a chaste turn."
 

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 12:42 AM

Hidden Gems of Jerusalem
 
A mission to reveal treasures that are inaccessible to the general public, and others that are just out of sight
 
By NOAM CHEN
 
16 November 2017, 3:36 pm
 
"We all know that each city we visit has its “must-see” sites and attractions. First-time visitors to Jerusalem usually go to the Western Wall, the Old City market and the Tower of David, to name a few of the city’s most famous landmarks."

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 12:44 AM

1,320 lbs. Lioness Statue Discovered Near the Kinneret
 
By David Israel -  5 Kislev 5778 – November 22, 2017
 
"The relief statue of a lioness carved in a basalt rock was recently discovered in a pile of debris that had been evacuated by a tractor from the Beit Ha’Bek excavation site by the northern Kinneret. It is estimated that the statue was placed at the entrance to a Jewish synagogue that operated there or at the entrance to another significant structure from the time the site was known as the lost Roman city of Julias, formerly the village of Bethsaida, which, according to Christian tradition, was the home of Jesus’ apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip. The age of the statue is estimated at more than 2,000 years."

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 12:47 AM

Jerusalem Post - Israel News
 
STUNNING 1500-YEAR-OLD GEORGIAN CHURCH MOSAIC DISCOVERED IN ISRAELI PORT CITY
 
BY DANIEL K. EISENBUD   NOVEMBER 23, 2017 10:25  
 
"The well-preserved remains of a 1,500-year-old colored mosaic floor from a Georgian church or monastery was unearthed during an excavation in the coastal city of Ashdod, the Antiquities Authority announced this week.
 
The mosaic was discovered in August at the ancient tel, or archeological mound, of Ashdod- Yam, under the direction of Dr. Alexander Fantalkin of Tel Aviv University’s Archeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations Department, and Prof. Angelika Berlejung of Leipzig University."

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 10:30 AM

Jerusalem Post  Israel News
 
ARCHEOLOGISTS UNEARTH RARE HELLENISTIC-ERA MYSTERY STRUCTURE IN NEGEV
 
BY DANIEL K. EISENBUD   NOVEMBER 30, 2017 13:33  
 
The archeologists said the new discovery came to light with the help of camera-equipped drones, a new technology that has become part of their tool box in recent years.
 
"A team of archeologists recently unearthed a 2,200-year-old structure from the Hellenistic period believed to be an Idumean palace or temple during excavations at the Horvat ‘Amuda site in the Lachish region of the Northern Negev.
 
During the Hellenistic period, Horvat ‘Amuda was one of the agricultural satellite settlements of Maresha, which later became the Idumean district capital."
 

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 10:32 AM

Hidden Hoard Hints at How Ancient Elites Protected the Family Treasures
 
A find from Israel reveals clues about Iron Age wealth protection
 
BY BRUCE BOWER 2:00PM, NOVEMBER 27, 2017
 
BOSTON — "Long before anyone opened a bank account or rented a safe deposit box, wealth protection demanded a bit of guile and a broken beer jug. A 3,100-year-old jewelry stash was discovered in just such a vessel, unearthed from an ancient settlement in Israel called Megiddo in 2010. Now the find is providing clues to how affluent folk hoarded their valuables at a time when fortunes rested on fancy metalwork, not money."
 

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 03:22 AM

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News & Views - Archaeology History
 
2,200-Year-Old Edomite Temple Unearthed in Lakhish Region
 
By JNi.Media -  12 Kislev 5778 – November 30, 2017
 
"An impressive 2,200-year-old (Hellenistic period) structure, possibly an Edomite palace or temple, was uncovered on Sukkot in archaeological excavations at the site of Horvat ‘Amuda, situated at the heart of a military training area in the Lakhish Regional Council in southern Israel."

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