links to the land


Gezer: Gezer Excavations Uncover Previously Unknown Canaanite City

“The finds demonstrate that the residents of this 14th-century B.C.E. city were Canaanites with strong ties with Egypt. During the Late Bronze Age, Gezer and other cities in the southern Levant were under the reign of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty. … According to the Bible, Gezer, which had been captured by an Egyptian pharaoh, was given to the Israelite king Solomon as a wedding gift when he married the pharaoh’s daughter (1 Kings 9:15–16). In the Biblical account, Solomon was said to have built walls around Gezer as well as Jerusalem, Hazor and Megiddo.”

Magdala & mikveh: Mikveh at Magdala

“Last week I posted on the discovery of the 1st century synagogue at Magdala. Of interest there was the discovery of two mikva’ot (plural of mikveh). A mikveh was used by the Jews for ritual purification (not for bathing; they would bathe first).”

Maps: Barrington Atlas Coming to iPads

“… Princeton University Press will release an iPad app version of the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World next month. Release date is scheduled for November 21. The cost: only $19.95. For some comparison, the print publication runs $250-$400 via Amazon and lists at $400 at Princeton University’s website. … Upon its print publication in 2000, the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World was hailed by the New York Times as ‘the best geography of the ancient world ever achieved.'”

Mount Nebo: The Cross-Shaped Bronze Serpent at Mount Nebo, Jordan

“To stand at Mt Nebo looking across the Jordan Valley to Jericho is a great experience. There across the river is the Promised Land that typologically symbolizes the Kingdom of God, the hope of the Christian.”

Nemea: Nemea — A Marvelous “PanHellenic” Site to be Closed — I Weep

“Nemea is located only  11.6 mi. southwest of Corinth. There, one of the four PanHellenic festivals was held every two years in the stadium of Nemea. The other locations of these festivals were Delphi, Isthmia, and Olympia. Nemea has been well-excavated and presented to the public.  Its museum is outstanding for the extraordinary finds, and their presentation, contain therein.  It is a shame that this place is slated for closing (!#$%@!)  as the Greek government tries to balance its budget.”