Ritmeyer Archaeological Design - Updates
Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:01 AM
Posted on June 22, 2012 by Leen Ritmeyer
"Dr. Steven Fine of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies in New York is heading The Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project in Rome, which has as its aim the scanning of the menorah panel for evidence of ancient color."
Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:04 AM
Posted on June 30, 2012 by Leen Ritmeyer
"Yisrael Medad reported yesterday that renovation work is again being carried out inside the Dome of the Rock and that scaffolding has been put on The Rock, known as the Foundation Stone.
He rightly complains that none of the Israel State authorities have shown any inclination to commit themselves to the Protection of Holy Places Law:
The Protection of Holy Places Law 5727 (1967), to remind us, reads:
The Holy Places shall be protected from desecration and any other violation and from anything likely to violate the freedom of access of the members of the different religions to the places sacred to them or their feelings with regard to those places ... 2 (a) Whosoever desecrates or otherwise violates a Holy Place shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of seven years.
His article was accompanied by these pictures, which were scanned from the Makor Rishon newspaper:"
Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:51 AM
Posted on August 28, 2012 by Leen Ritmeyer
Justin Taylor, with whom I worked on the ESV Study Bible, is co-authoring, with Andreas Köstenberger, a volume entitled Jesus’s Final Week: An Easter Chronology and Commentary. His interview with me concerning the High Priestly Palace can be seen on his blog:
He [Leen] has tentatively identified the “Palatial Mansion” (or “Herodian Mansion”) as the place of residence for Annas the high priest. If this is correct, then this would be a “look inside” the first phase of Jesus’s Jewish trial. And it may explain things like where the courtyard was located and how Jesus could look at Peter though they were in two different locations (Jesus inside and Peter outside, warming himself by a charcoal fire).
Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:54 PM
Posted on October 1, 2012 by Leen Ritmeyer
Certain images in the Image Library have been particularly popular with both teachers and publishers. Among these is the drawing of the development of the Temple Mount throughout the ages:
Often downloaded together with this is an image which shows a series of reconstruction drawings of the Temple Mount in the different historical periods:
Posted 08 October 2012 - 04:00 PM
Posted on October 3, 2012 by Leen Ritmeyer
"Readers may be interested to follow the ‘Popular Archaeology’ website which has an article on the daily routine of an archaeological dig in Jerusalem. The website also has a video of the renewed Ophel excavations, which began in 1975."
Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:29 PM
Posted on November 15, 2012 by Leen Ritmeyer
"During a visit to the City of David last week, I noticed that the Pool next to the Gihon Spring is being opened up for viewing. Scaffolding has been put inside the pool, apparently in preparation for the casting of a permanent concrete ceiling. The rocky southern edge of the pool is clearly visible, but there no remains of any wall built on that side could be detected.
In the initial reports it was claimed that a tower surrounded this pool. A reconstruction drawing on the site shows the Pool Tower to the left of the Spring Tower, a defensive tower built over the Gihon Spring. Both towers were accessed via a fortified passageway:":
Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:54 AM
Posted on December 7, 2012 by Leen Ritmeyer
Although it has been online for a while, this Virtual Walking Tour of the Temple Mount remains fascinating to watch. It has been produced by the Saudi Aramco World.
Haram al-Sharif, as the Temple Mount is known in Arabic, is the third holiest site for Muslims. On this artificial platform, that was extended by Herod the Great, stands the Dome of Rock, the Al-Aqsa and 40+ other smaller structures.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:25 PM
Posted on December 11, 2012 by Leen Ritmeyer
"Alexander Schick, director of the Qumran and Bible Exhibition, alerted me to the fact that a new model of Jerusalem as it was about 2000 years ago has been placed inside the Arrival Hall at Ben Gurion Airport, Israel’s main international airport. It is a smaller wooden version of the well-known model of Jerusalem of the Second Temple period that used to be located at the Holyland Hotel, but has been moved a few years ago to the Israel Museum. It was designed in the 1960′s by the late Prof. Michael Avi-Yonah.
This new model appears to have been designed by the Israel Museum to attract people to go and visit this famous museum in Jerusalem. It is well worth a visit!"
Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:33 PM
Posted on December 12, 2012 by Leen Ritmeyer
"Renovation work is being carried out in the north of the Temple Mount. Large blue drapes cover part of the Antonia Rockscarp and razor-sharp barbed wire has closed off the area.
By the looks of it, the building on top of the rockscarp is undergoing much needed restoration. Here stands the madrasa (Islamic religious school) of al-Jawiliyya that was built in the Mamluk period, between 1315 and 1320. Inside this building is a large vaulted semi-enclosed area opening up to a courtyard which has adjacent rooms that look out over the Temple Mount area."
Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:48 AM
Posted on December 22, 2012 by Leen Ritmeyer
"If you plan to visit Jerusalem in 2013, you should go to the Israel Museum and see what promises to be a fascinating exhibition on King Herod the Great that will run from February till October. CNN put up this video:
Restoration work in progress in preparation for the exhibition
Herod the Great, ruler of Judea from 37-4 BCE, one of the most fascinating and influential figures in classical history is the spotlight of the Israel Museum’s upcoming archaeological exhibition."
Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:29 AM
Posted on January 5, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"Nadav Shragav wrote an interesting article, called Discarding History, about the continued destruction of the Temple Mount. Not only are archaeological artefacts removed and dumped, but also the walls of the Temple Mount continue to be damaged by the construction work carried out by the Muslim authorities:
The Temple Mount is not in our hands • The Muslim wakf continues to damage antiquities and archeological artifacts as authorities remain helpless to prevent it • Entire Jewish, Muslim and Christian histories are being brutally dumped in garbage sites.
Zachi Dvira of the Temple Mount Sifting Project was able to stop the removal of the illegally excavated archaeological remains, as this reportshows.
In previous posts I have reported on the danger of collapse of the Temple Mount walls, see for example here and here. Although this has been recognised by the Israel Antiquities Authority, nothing has been done to prevent further damage:"
Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:53 AM
Posted on January 8, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"ARTIFAX magazine and The Book & The Spade radio program have published the Top Ten Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology in 2012.
Both organisations are interested in archaeology from the biblical point of view. Many more discoveries were made in 2012, of course, but these are the ten highlights that were picked out by them."
Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:04 AM
Posted on January 13, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
In a previous post, we commented on the finding of a 1st century tomb, containing bones and the remains of a linen shroud, next to the Tomb of Annas which we have been able to identify earlier. The tomb was named “The Tomb of the Shroud”. Akeldama is located at the mouth of the Hinnom Valley:
Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:04 AM
Posted on January 15, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"It is always worth visiting the Temple Institute when visiting the Old City of Jerusalem.
The Temple Institute is dedicated to every aspect of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem, and the central role it fulfilled, and will once again fulfill, in the spiritual wellbeing of both Israel and all the nations of the world. The Institute’s work touches upon the history of the Holy Temple’s past, an understanding of the present day, and the Divine promise of Israel’s future. The Institute’s activities include education, research, and development. The Temple Institute’s ultimate goal is to see Israel rebuild the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, in accord with the Biblical commandments.
The Institute announced that early this year they are moving to a new location, a couple of hundred meters from their present location on Misgav Ladach Street. This new site is located directly above the Herodian Quarter that was excavated by the late Prof. Nahman Avigad and which contains the remains of what was possibly the Palace of Annas the High Priest."
Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:32 AM
Posted on March 13, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"In his post of Monday, March 11, 2013, Todd Bolen of Bibleplaces, remarks on a statement reportedly made by Dan Bahat in an Italian newspaper:
There’s an article in the Italian press (with a Google translation in English here) in which Dan Bahat allegedly claims that he knows the exact place where Jesus taught the rabbis at the age of 12. He identifies an area on the south side of the Temple Mount where he says that excavations have uncovered the scales on which the teachers stood.
This is the paragraph that was translated by Google:
“The paths of Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem could be enriched by a new holy place” the point where Jesus’ amazed the rabbis with his wisdom when he was 12 years old. I think I can show exactly where this and ‘happened.” This is an area in the southern part of the Temple, where excavations have brought to light the scales on which the teachers of the law were standing normally.”
So much for Google translator that wrongly translated “scale” with “scales” instead of “steps”, as mentioned by Ferrell Jenkings in his comment on Todd’s blog. I once saw “out of sight, out of mind” translated as “invisible moron”! So, better get your dictionaries out."
Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:09 AM
Posted on March 31, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"In a previous post we reported on the The Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project in Rome, led by Prof. Steven Fine, which has as its aim the scanning of the menorah panel for evidence of ancient color.
Prof. Steven Fine noted that in the first presentation at the upcoming April 4 Kennes Torah Umadda (Congress of Torah and Science) in Jerusalem he will be discussing — for the first time in Israel — the discoveries made by the Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project last summer and the implications of advances in the study of polychromy for the study of the arch (and of Jewish visual culture in general).
Here is the account that has been published by the Center for Israel Studies of the Yeshiva Universtity in New York.
Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:52 PM
Posted on April 10, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"Today’s Jerusalem Post reports:
An archaeological excavation conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority near a highway construction site in the Kiryat Menachem neighborhood of Jerusalem, unearthed a rare ritual bath (mikve), dating back to the late Second Temple period.
Many mikva’ot – Hebrew for ritual baths, mikveh in the singular, – have been excavated in Jerusalem and elsewhere. These baths were used for purifying oneself by total immersion.
A mikveh is usually a stepped pool carved out of the rock with a small dividing wall built on the upper steps. The purpose for this was to descend on one side and, after immersion, ascend on the other side, thus preventing contact with those who were not yet purified."
Posted 09 May 2013 - 03:09 AM
Posted on May 8, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"I am often approached by people that are under the impression that the Eastern Gate of the Temple Mount had to be directly opposite the entrance leading into the Holy Temple. According to Middot 1.3, there was only one gate in the Eastern Wall of the Temple Mount: “the Eastern Gate on which was portrayed the Palace of Shushan”.
The Eastern Gate is an important gate of the Temple Mount, as on Yom Kippur the scapegoat that was chosen by the High Priest in front of the Temple, would have been led through the Court of the Women, down a stairway to and through the Shushan Gate and into the Kedron Valley. From there it was led over the Mount of Olives into the Wilderness of Judea.
Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:22 PM
Posted on May 14, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"David Willner and Barnea Levi Selavan met up with archaeologist Yuval Gadot (Tel Aviv University), who generously gave of his time and knowledge to help them understand the City of David in First and Second Temple times.
Dr. Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University has initiated a long term excavation to explore several research issues in the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age periods. After two months in the field he welcomed David Willner and Barnea Levi Selavan of Foundation Stone’s LandMinds program to see the excavation taking shape.
On the Foundation Stone’s website you can watch a video of this interview and also listen to three audio segments."
Posted 06 June 2013 - 02:46 AM
Posted on June 4, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"Last March I was able to visit this exhibition and it took my breath away. We were fortunate to have special permission to film before the exhibition was opened to visitors as I was part of a team making a documentary for the National Geographic."
Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:34 AM
Posted on August 19, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"About two years ago, we mentioned in a post that an epic movie about Jerusalem was being made in iMax format. As of August 16, this year, the movie has been released and will be distributed by National Graphic. It shows stunning helicopter photography of the Land of Israel and tells the story of Jerusalem through the eyes of three young women, Christian, Jewish and Arab. Here you can watch the trailer:
We are pleased to have been able to contribute to this movie with reconstructions of Jerusalem in the Second Temple and Byzantine periods."
Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:52 AM
Posted on August 27, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"Our Image Library has been updated with many new drawings. There are two new series on Jerusalem, new reconstruction drawings in portrait orientation of the Tabernacle, the Temples of Solomon and Herod, also of Herodium and other sites.
Throughout its history, the size of Jerusalem expanded, but also diminished at times, as shown here:"
Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:23 AM
Posted on September 25, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
Ha’aretz reports that today, September 25th, is the birthday of the late Prof. Nahman Avigad:
Posted 08 October 2013 - 10:47 AM
Posted on October 4, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"In today’s Makor Rishon (Hebrew) newspaper, Arnon Segal published an article, called Otiot porchot be-avir (letters blossom in the air). Based on the diary of the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Meir Yehuda Getz, he retells the story of the underground excavations and the struggle that took place inside Warren’s Gate in 1981. Warren’s Gate is the northern-most of the four original Herodian gateways that gave access to the Temple Mount through the Western Wall."
Posted 13 October 2013 - 05:45 AM
While attention is focused on a blockbuster exhibition purporting to display the tomb of Herod the Great, two archaeologists claim there's no way the egomaniac king was interred there.
By Nir Hasson | Oct. 11, 2013 | 9:13 AM
"In May 2007, at a dramatic press conference, archaeologist Ehud Netzer revealed that King Herod’s tomb had been discovered on the slopes of Herodium. Now two archaeologists argue that what was found there can't be Herod's last resting place.
The mountain site lying southeast of Jerusalem includes an ancient fortress, palaces and a town. Netzer had uncovered remnants of a grand structure with a cone-shaped roof and the shattered remains of three elaborate sarcophagi (stone coffins). One of these, meticulously chiseled out of red stone, was thought to have once contained the body of the great king of Judea."
Comment on article by Leen Ritmeyer available here:
Herod’s Tomb at Herodium
Posted 15 November 2013 - 01:24 AM
Jerome (Jerry) Murphy-O’Connor
Posted on November 14, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"This week the well-known Biblical scholar, Jerome (Jerry) Murphy-O’Connor, professor of the New Testament at the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem passed away. He was especially interested in the life of the Apostle Paul.
He was one of those rare scholars who, while appreciating both the study of the NT text and that of archaeology, kept a balanced view of the value of each field. In a recent interview by Jill Duchess of Hamilton and published in the Catholic Herald, he said:
Posted 15 November 2013 - 01:28 AM
Reconstructing Jerusalem for Jerusalem the Movie
Posted on November 14, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"In a previous post, we mentioned the making of Jerusalem the Movie in iMax 3D. Every week there is an update from this beautiful movie on Facebook. This weeks update shows an atmospheric reconstruction of Jerusalem in the First Century:
Check out this computer-generated recreation of Jerusalem in the 1st century CE / AD, featuring the latest archaeological consensus on what the 2nd Temple might have looked like. See it on the giant screen for the first time in our film."
Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:53 PM
New Archaeological Discoveries in Hierapolis
Posted on November 19, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"As stated in a previous post, Francesco D’Andria, professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento, has been excavating the cave of the Plutonium in Hierapolis. This year, he discovered two unique marble statues:
“The statues represent two mythological creatures,” D’Andria told Discovery News. “One depicts a snake, a clear symbol of the underworld, the other shows Kerberos, or Cerberus, the three-headed watchdog of hell in the Greek mythology.”
According to this article in Discovery News, the excavations also revealed that the source of the thermal springs that produce the white travertine terraces, was located in this cave.
The site represented an important destination for pilgrims. People watched the sacred rites from steps above the cave opening, while priests sacrificed bulls to Pluto. The ceremony included leading the animals into the cave, and dragging them out dead."
Posted 26 November 2013 - 10:34 AM
Kh. el-Maqatir – ‘Joshua’s Ai’ Exhibition
Posted on November 25, 2013 by Leen Ritmeyer
"The Association for Biblical Research announced the opening of an exhibition called: “Khirbet el-Maqatir: The History of a Biblical Site” at the Dunham Bible Museum of Houston Baptist University, January 21st through December, 2014″
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