links to the land


Archaeology & the Bible: Has Archaeology Gone Overboard in Throwing Out the Bible? [required reading]

“When we learn to read (excavate!) the text geographically, historically, and archaeologically, the Bible has much to contribute to the archaeological process. Reciprocally, archaeology has a great deal to contribute to our understanding of biblical texts.”

Bronze Age: Bronze Age Collapse: Pollen Study Highlights Late Bronze Age Drought [required reading]

“… what caused the Bronze Age collapse? Scholars have proposed a combination of factors including marauding Sea Peoples, plagues and earthquakes leading to a so-called ‘systems collapse,’ in which complex societal networks broke down under mounting interregional economic or demographic pressures. … A recent study of pollen grains in sediment cores beneath the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea provides a new view …”

Corinth: The Erastus Inscription at Corinth

“Paul calls attention to a person named Erastus who was a ‘city treasurer.’ He would be one of the few (‘not many’) Christians who were among the socially elite at Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:26). … It is of interest that during the 1929 archaeological excavation of the area near the theater, a plaza was located that contained a stone inscription bearing the name of Erastus and indicating that he was a public official.”

Crusades: What Were the Crusades and How Did They Impact Jerusalem?

“What were the Crusades, really? In truth … Crusades history has acquired a bit of a romantic glow in our modern times, a glow that is far from the gritty, bloody reality.”

David & Tel Dan: The Tel Dan Inscription: The First Historical Evidence of King David from the Bible

“What made the Tel Dan inscription one of the most exciting Biblical archaeology discoveries for scholars and the broader public was its unprecedented reference to the ‘House of David.’ The stela’s fragmented inscription … proved that King David from the Bible was a genuine historical figure and not simply the fantastic literary creation of later Biblical writers and editors. Perhaps more important, the stela, set up by one of ancient Israel’s fiercest enemies more than a century after David’s death, still recognized David as the founder of the kingdom of Judah.”

Jehoash Tablet: * Jehoash Tablet Released, Golan Partially Vindicated; * Jehoash Tablet Must Be Returned to Owner

* “It remains to be seen what will happen to Golan’s claim to the James ossuary, but this is a partial victory for his claims.”

* “Like the James Ossuary, we will probably never know if this document is authentic.”

Kedesh in Galilee: Picture of the Week: Kedesh in Galilee

“Our first stop is the ancient city of ‘Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali’ (Joshua 20:7). This site is located just west of the Huleh Basin, in the region north of the Sea of Galilee.”

Shephelah: Are You Guarding Your Shephelah? [essential reading]

“Between the Philistine plain and the Hill Country where God’s people dwelt lay 10 miles of low rolling hills. This buffer zone was known as the ‘Shephelah.’ The hills of the Shephelah were a geographical buffer that represented a spiritual barrier. You have a Shephelah in your life as well. Here’s a lesson on how you can guard it.”