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Distracted by old clay tablets

The Mitanni empire included Haran, the city from which Abraham was called to go to Canaan.  It is the area where patriarchs went to get wives.  All this is according to the epics of Genesis. We know a good deal … Continue reading

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Ancient smugglers

My next reading project will be Mathias Henze’s Mind the Gap: How Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testament Help Us Understand Jesus. I haven’t read the book though. And I am not ready to start this week. So … Continue reading

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Not quite Indiana Jones, but really exciting stuff

I have written before about the Bronze Age Collapse.  The political structure, civilization, and trading system of the Eastern Mediterranean seem to have just suddenly cracked up a little after -1200.  The Sea Peoples had some role in this.  But … Continue reading

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God in the east

Avraham Faust has a short article in the current (November/December 2017) issue of Biblical Archaeology Review entitled “Archaeology, Israelite Cosmology and the Bible”. We have found that homes, buildings, and city gates in ancient Israel had an eastern orientation, if … Continue reading

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The stabbing of Eglon and the fall of Jericho

I want to comment on the odd geography of the story of the assassination of Eglon and the revolt of the Benjaminites in Judges 3:12-30. The obese Moabite sheikh, Eglon, has seized Jericho and made some Benjaminites his vassals. There … Continue reading

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Khirbet ed-Dawwara–Israelite, Philistine or Judean?

The theory of Yosef Garfinkel that his excavation at Khirbet Qeiyafa (KQ) points to state formation in Judah under David may also revise other theories about state formation in early Israel. Previously the site called Khirbet ed-Dawwara (KD) played an … Continue reading

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Garfinkel-the short life of a fortress city

The Rise of Ancient Israel, the book I just finished posting about, was from the early 1990‘s. Much has happened since then in terms of archeological finds in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria that bear upon the question. However, … Continue reading

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