There are a number of stories I’ve noted over the past week or so that may be of interest.
The Philistine city of Gath has been “civilized” with the creation of a new national park. I think they should have called it the Gath National Park, instead of the Tel Zafit National Park, as no one seriously questions the identification any more. The site is now off-limits to 4-wheel drive vehicles (that makes it a climb to the top!) and signs are posted around. See the Official/Unofficial Gath Blog for details.
A special exhibit this summer will feature a long portion of the Isaiah Scroll. The first 28 chapters (8 feet; 2.3 meters) will be displayed at the Shrine of the Book from May 13 to August 15, 2008. The Isaiah Scroll was once on display in the center of the exhibit, but because of stress on the manuscript, it was replaced by a replica many years ago.
You don’t have to go anywhere to see these 12 stunning photos of Egypt from National Geographic
(HT: Dr. Claude Mariottini).
The biographer of Kathleen Kenyon recently gave a lecture on the archaeologist at Baylor University. This link is to a (flawed) news report and not the lecture itself. I mentioned the biography itself before here.
Here’s a good little article on the excavations in the City of David around the possible palace of David. If you’ve kept up on the story, you won’t find anything new here, but it is an informed presentation. CBN has another, less helpful, tourist visit to the City of David.
(HT: Joe Lauer)