Weekend Roundup

Bryant Wood has posted a summary of this season’s excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir.

Joe Yudin recommends a short, wet hike near the Sea of Galilee.

Wayne Stiles explains why Shechem is the “most important crossroads in central Israel.”

He has also created the best illustrated page on the first-century boat in Galilee.

Ferrell Jenkins has discovered a way to keep tabs on the water level in the Sea of Galilee.

The discovery of gold coins in Apollonia and Kiryat Gat has led to an increase in illegal digging at sites in southern Israel. (A longer article and photos are available in an IAA press release in Hebrew.)

Israel’s Attorney-General says that all construction on the Temple Mount must adhere to existing laws.

An individual has filed a complaint with Israeli police against the playing of soccer on the Temple Mount.

Matthew Kalman’s story on the trial of the James Ossuary and Jehoash Tablet from The Jerusalem Report is now available for purchase in Kindle format (with free borrowing for Prime members).

The ASOR weekly roundup is here.

HT: Joseph Lauer


2 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup

  1. The soccer ball complaint is valid. Although we were north of the Temple Mount on beside St. Anne's, this kid with a soccer ball seemed bent on disrupting our devotional time. Must be an epidemic.

  2. Several times I have seen early teen boys playing soccer on the "Temple Mount" — on a Muslim Prayer area, using a Mihrab as a goal!!

    I have been reluctant to post my images of this, for fear the boys might get into trouble and/or my web site might get hacked!

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