Category Archives: Archaeology

The Lead Codices Aren’t … They Just Aren’t

They are not long lost texts that will redefine the meaning of Jesus’ death. They are not a find to rival the Dead Sea Scrolls. There is a chance they may turn out to be something quite significant — but … Continue reading

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MJPassages 12-31-10

Fish in the Israeli desert? Jim Davila comments on Simcha Jacobovici (the Naked Archaeologist). Synagogues in the Middle Ages using the Greek Bible? Free eBook versions of the Siddur? The Economist says PhD’s are not worthwhile?

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Bible & Archaeology News 12-29

Will the Russians find Sodom beneath the Dead Sea? . . . A humorous rejoinder (with pictures) to mythicists (they say Yeshua is a myth). . . . A scholar commends caring about both TEXT and ARTIFACT.

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Tidbits from the ArchaeoBlogs, December 13

At MJPassages.com, I’ve posted RSS feeds and some info leading to some of my favorite Biblio, Archaeo, MJ, Judeo, and Theo blogs. Over time, I will refine and improve the site. My intention is to create a place for people … Continue reading

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Announcement: MJPassages

http://MJPassages.com Your intersection for good things Jewish, Christian, Messianic Jewish, Judeo-Christian, biblical, archaeological, and theological. It’s not yet a finished product, but there’s a good bit already to explore. Should be easy to explore on your triptophan buzz this Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Milk and What Kind of Honey?

It’s known as the land of milk and honey. The primary meaning of honey (d’vash) here is probably fruit honey, such as date syrup, which was a common part of the diet in ancient Israel and surrounding lands. But evidence … Continue reading

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Babel in the Enuma Elish

See my last post about the daily commentary I write. It was fun today in Genesis 11:1-9 to explore the relationship between the biblical story and the mythical version from the Enuma Elish. Many are unaware of the many parallels … Continue reading

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Beer and the Bible (and Sukkot)

I’ve been telling my congregants the wrong thing for some time now. Of course the subject of beer and the Bible comes up when you work with a community of close readers and fun-loving people. Deuteronomy 14:26 is just one … Continue reading

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Doubting Doubts About David and Solomon

THE ISSUE, BRIEFLY INTRODUCED: The biblical history of the books of Samuel and even up to 1 Kings 11 has been called a fiction invented by later Judeans to give themselves a glorious past. This is not a fringe issue, … Continue reading

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Classic MJM Reading: Older Posts on Ancient Israel

I was challenged by a commenter to suggest posts I have written in the past about the historical reliability of the Hebrew Bible vis a vis certain critical theories which regard the older stories about Israel as a myth. I … Continue reading

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Faith, Reason, and SBL

There is an interesting op-ed piece in the July/August issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, a magazine that has been very worthwhile to follow in recent years. Some believers in the history and theology of the Bible will find BAR troubling. … Continue reading

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Travel to Israel

On one of my trips to Israel, I think it was in 2005, we kept running into Nigerian groups. Our tour guide explained that Nigeria’s Muslims had demanded of the government a once in a lifetime, government-paid pilgrimage to Mecca. … Continue reading

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Judaism as Competition for Christianity

In the May/June 2010 issue of Biblical Archaeology Today, Angelos Chaniotis of Princeton writes about “Godfearers in the City of Love.” The reference is to recent research at Aphrodisias in Turkey, not too far east of ancient Ephesus. The city … Continue reading

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Idealism and Reality in Joshua

I was in the Rockefeller Museum in East Jerusalem five years ago, at the time reading Israel Finkelstein cast doubt on the historical value of most of the Biblical history, when I came across a display that made me shudder. … Continue reading

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Who Moved the Ladder? Biblical Archaeology Review

The latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review has a fascinating and hilarious story of mystery. I’ve been to Israel eight times and I’ve seen the Holy Sepulchre church each time. I’ve heard my favorite tour guide (Itai) explain many times … Continue reading

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Shemot: The ZIBBC on Exodus

You will hear from time to time about the ZIBBC on Messianic Jewish Musings. The ZIBBC is the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary, edited by John Walton. This is a resource I recommend for Bible readers. The set for the … Continue reading

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History and the Bible Story, Pt 1

Speaking of what he calls the “death of Biblical history,” Keith Whitelam has said: It is now time for Palestinian history to come of age and formally reject the agenda and constraints of “biblical history.” . . . It is … Continue reading

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Is a History of Ancient Israel Possible? Pt 1

Is it possible to speak of the ancient history of Israel? I frequently encourage my congregation not to watch television documentaries about the Bible and history. Their mission is entertainment and controversy, not education. But through internet, television, and other … Continue reading

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Finding Early Israel, Pt 2

In the November/December issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (a magazine I encourage you to subscribe to and read), Avraham Faust writes about evidence in the archaeological record for early Israel. What is the big deal, some of you might ask, … Continue reading

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Finding Early Israel, Part 1

A nomadic people settle in a great empire and become a slave class for centuries until a deliverer leads them out through a wilderness and a generation later into a land they can conquer and call their own. This is … Continue reading

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Ancient Inscriptions Bearing on the Hebrew Bible

Epigraphy is not a word you toss out over a Starbucks. It’s one of those specialty words, a bit of academic jargon in Biblical studies and archaeology. It is the study of inscriptions (epigraphs), which means ancient writing usually on … Continue reading

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Archaeology, David, the Valley of Elah

I have been here many times and even have 3 “David’s sling” stones from the Valley of Elah on my shelf. Here is more archaeological work that affirms the account of David’s kingdom (which has many doubters and skeptics): http://www.bib-arch.org/e-features/valley-of-elah.aspContinue reading

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Archaeology, Amarna, and Doubt

I have been in Pasadena the last few days theologizing and schmoozing with fellow leaders in Messianic Judaism at the Hashivenu forum. My roommate, as always at conferences like this, is the inimitable Kirk Gliebe, Rabbi at Devar Emet in … Continue reading

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We Missed Archaeological Find by One Day!

I just arrived home this morning at 6 a.m. from Israel. I was glad but sad to read the news that we missed by one day being the group to make a remarkable find at the Temple Dirt operation in … Continue reading

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Israel Day 3

It wouldn’t do to have two emotional, super-charged days in a row, so today’s touring went at a slower pace and with a bit more of an educational purpose. The weather in Israel was amazing again today: cool, sunny, and … Continue reading

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