links to the land


Ashdod: * Rare, Preserved Fortifications Found at the Harbor of Ashdod; * Ashdod-Yam Excavations 2013; * The Philistine City of Ashdod in the Bible

* “Rare and unique discoveries were found this summer at the Tel Aviv University Institute of Archaeology excavation site in Tel Ashdod-Yam – located in the harbor city of Ashdod. The institute uncovered a system of fortifications which date back to the 8th century BCE, the remains of buildings, as well as coins and weights from the Hellenistic period.”

* “Starting in summer 2013, we are planning to excavate an Iron Age compound (known also as an ‘Assyrian enclosure’) at the site of Ashdod-Yam (South) (Ashdod on the Sea; Asdudimmu in the neo-Assyrian sources; a part of Azotos Paralios in Byzantine times), which is located on the coast of Israel (within the boundaries of the modern city of Ashdod), ca. 5 km north-west of Tel Ashdod. The excavations are planned as a joint venture of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University and the Institut für Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft of the Leipzig University, who are going to be the major partners.”

* “When Israel lost the Ark of the Covenant at Ebenezer, the Philistines brought it to Ashdod and placed it in the temple of Dagon (1 Samuel 5:1-8). … The prophets Jeremiah, Amos, Zephaniah, and Zechariah spoke against Ashdod (Jeremiah 25:20; Amos 1:8; 3:9; Zephaniah 2:4; Zechariah 9:6). … Ashdod was known as Azotus in New Testament times (Acts 8:40).”

Ephesus: The Cave/Grotto of Paul and Thecla at Ephesus

“At Ephesus there is a not–too–frequently–visited cave sometimes called “The Grotto of Paul” (= Cave of Paul & Thecla).  It is located on the northern slope of Bülbül Dag, away from the normal visitors’ routes through Ephesus.  It overlooks the site of ancient Ephesus from the south.”

Hazor: Hazor in the Tenth Century BCE

“Few topics are more controversial than the biblical kingdoms of David and Solomon. Were they and their rulers real, and if so, what archaeological remains did they leave? Or were they literary creations, exaggerations or even fabrications of later biblical writers? The arguments have raged for almost three decades without end, polarizing biblical Archaeology—and the public—like no other issue.”

Jerusalem: * Jerusalem: The Movie; * National Geographic Jerusalem and Its Stunning Photography Releases Soon; * Jerusalem – The Movie [the movie’s 2 min. YouTube video trailer; essential viewing]; * The Jerusalem Movie Trailer [you’ll want to read this in conjunction with viewing the movie trailer]

* “National Geographic Entertainment is proud to announce the release of JERUSALEM in IMAX® and giant screen theaters in both 3D and 2D.” [It is scheduled to appear at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in October.]

* “For the first time on the world’s largest screens, experience this ancient city through the stories of people who call it home.”

* “…  official trailer for the movie. It is fantastic.” [essential viewing; I’ll be seeing this movie more than once!]

* “If you are interested, here is a run-down of all of the locations in the trailer …”

Nazareth: Nazareth—Jesus’ Hometown with a View to the Past and the Future

“Not many people can say they grew up on a hill that overlooked the battlefields of history. But Jesus could.”

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