Monthly Archives: May 2013

Magness-some far-fetched claims

Throughout Jodi Magness’s The Archeology of the Holy Land, she has sidebars where she briefly deals with some specific topics that interest her.  At the end of her chapter about tombs she has sidebars about the Talpiyot Tomb and the … Continue reading

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Magness-cross and empty tomb

In The Archeology of the Holy Land, Jodi Magness follows up her discussion of tombs and burial practices with a discussion of the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Archeology attests crucifixion in Jerusalem. In north Jerusalem in 1968 there was discovered … Continue reading

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Magness-rock-cut tombs

Coming out of the Memorial Day weekend, I will discuss Jodi Magness’s chapter on tombs.  A good many of the finds around Jerusalem have concerned the rock-cut tombs that envelope the old city on three sides. We are not entirely … Continue reading

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Magness-Masada

 In The Archeology of the Holy Land, Jodi Magness goes back to the building activity of Herod the Great to tell the story of Masada.  On a 1300 foot mesa in the southern desert near the Dead Sea, Herod built … Continue reading

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Magness-the Galilee of Jesus

  Jodi Magness, in The Archeology of the Holy Land, talks about early first century Galilee. Archeological finds that relate to the life and ministry of Jesus are sparse.  This is partly because of the narrow time frame.  Things that … Continue reading

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Magness-lead in to a Monty Python sketch

In reading Jodi Magness work, The Archeology of the Holy Land, I have been looking for things I did not know before.  There are several. In regards to the early Roman period, which corresponds to the time of the New … Continue reading

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Magness-Herod’s other temples

Jodi Magness in The Archeology of the Holy Land has a good deal of material about the Herodian period. The New Testament refers to several Herods.  This family of Idumean (Edomite) converts to Judaism ruled as clients of the Roman … Continue reading

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Magness-the stone pavement and the water supply

When you read the New Testament you find that Rome has hegemony over Palestine and that a family called the Herods exercises Jewish semi-autonomy in parts of the Holy Land. Jodi Magness goes over this history in a chapter on … Continue reading

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Magness-Essene marriage

As I said in my last post, Jodi Magness, the author of The Archeology of the Holy Land, identifies the inhabitants of  Qumran as Essenes.  A problem with this is that ancient historians classify the Essenes as a celibate community of males … Continue reading

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Magness-an Essene toilet

  We have the remains of a toilet at Qumran.  Magness , in The Archeology of the Holy Land, draws some significant conclusions from this find. She describes what we know about toilet practices of both the Romans and the … Continue reading

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