The Big Picture has 13 great photos of the declining level of the Dead Sea.
Why visit the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem? Bible History Daily points out 10 great biblical artifacts.
That same museum is hosting a new exhibit “By the Rivers of Babylon” that is profiled in Haaretz.
The Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem is using iPads and phones to improve the visitor’s experience (NYTimes).
The Melbourne Museum has produced a recreation of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii.
Illegal excavations in Alexandria have revealed a Graeco-Roman necropolis.
An update on the Nineveh destruction from Agade: “Reliable reports from the Mosul that for good reason cannot be attributed are that the fortifications of Nineveh have not been damaged in any way.
Unfortunately, Nabi Younis, however, is now completely destroyed.”
A Kurdish official revealed on Tuesday evening that the ISIS organization had bombed large parts and tracts of the ancient Nineveh wall, indicating that such an act violates the right of human culture and heritage.
The media official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Mosul, Saed Mimousine said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “ISIS militants blew up today large parts and expanses of the archaeological wall of Nineveh in al-Tahrir neighborhood,” explaining that, “The terrorist group used explosives in the process of destroying the archaeological fence.”
Mimousine added, “The Wall of Nineveh is one of the most distinctive archaeological monuments in Iraq and the Middle East,” adding that, “The fence dates back to the Assyrian civilization.”
The full article includes a photo of the gate. A related article shows a photo of an explosion.
Nineveh is best known as one of the capitals of ancient Assyria. In the 8th century BC, Jonah visited the city and Sennacherib began construction on his “Palace Without a Rival.” Fortunately, many of the important artifacts were removed from the site in the 19th century and are now on display in the British Museum.
Relief from Ashurbanipal’s palace in Nineveh
Now on display in the British Museum
They now think they know who was buried in the Amphipolis tomb. This article has more details and illustrations.
King Tut’s beard was knocked off and then re-attached with epoxy glue. Here’s a close-up of the botched repair.
Leen Ritmeyer suggests a location for the stairs of the Antonia Fortress where Paul went up and down.
Medical imaging technology has been put to use in reading burned papyri from Herculaneum.
Approval has been given to re-open the old Acropolis Museum.
You can subscribe to the weekly podcast of The Book and the Spade at christianaudio.com. This week Clyde Billington gives an update on Temple Mount archaeology. Last week I addressed the problem of sensational stories in biblical archaeology.
The latest issue of Ancient Near East Today is now available.
Ferrell Jenkins shares photos of Aphek/Antipatris and the “other Aphek.” I particularly like his aerial photo of the northern site.
Miriam Feinberg Vamosh describes the history of Jezreel and its recent excavations in an illustrated pdf article at The Bible and Interpretation.
Iraq is seeking to have the ruins of Babylon put on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
ICYMI: Accordance photo collections are on sale through Monday.
HT: Ted Weis, Agade
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The Graphics Premier Bundle includes everything listed above, now reduced to $239.
These are some great resources at sale prices through January 26. Accordance has long been the most popular Bible software for Mac and it has been available on PC for more than a year now. You can
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Screenshot from Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide 4
In 2012 Daniel Wallace mentioned in a debate the existence of an early fragment of the Gospel of Mark. LiveScience has an update with information from Craig Evans:
A text that may be the oldest copy of a gospel known to exist — a fragment of the Gospel of Mark that was written during the first century, before the year 90 — is set to be published.
This first-century gospel fragment was written on a sheet of papyrus that was later reused to create a mask that was worn by a mummy.
Evans says that the text was dated through a combination of carbon-14 dating, studying the handwriting on the fragment and studying the other documents found along with the gospel. These considerations led the researchers to conclude that the fragment was written before the year 90. With the nondisclosure agreement in place, Evans said that he can’t say much more about the text’s date until the papyrus is published.
Evans said that the research team will publish the first volume of texts obtained through the mummy masks and cartonnage later this year. It will include the gospel fragment that the researchers believe dates back to the first century.
The full story is here.
HT: Craig Dunning
UPDATE: There are some errors in this LiveScience article. See the post by Peter Williams (together with the comments) here. (HT: Ulrich Wendel)
Over at Biblical Remains, Larry Largent provides a good review of the movie “Patterns of Evidence,” showing tonight only. My hope is that those who trust the Bible will ignore the film completely, but if you’re tempted to go, read Larry’s review first.
Here’s a portion:
This is the problem with the documentary format. It is not the best format to put forth and test supposed “new” ideas and solutions no matter how much they are qualified by “perhaps’s” and “could’s.” Time constraints mean that creditable opposition is never addressed. In “Patterns,” all scholarship becomes flattened in a “them” vs the revised chronology paradigm. The film lumps together traditional biblical maximilists and secular minimalists in a gang of “archaeological giants” that the revised chronology will take down with nothing but a sling and a prayer.
Apparently, arguing that secular scholars might be right in the date of the exodus but wrong in the details is simply not as provocative as claiming that scholars have everything under the sun about the exodus wrong. This is the problem with the medium Mahoney is using to argue for the historicity of the exodus. When it comes to the box office, the more provocative solution is always the best one, but when it comes to doing good historical, archaeological and biblical research, a theory’s glitz bears little on its accuracy. Real historical research is pounded out in the dialogue of hundreds of articles and papers, and refined in the open response to accusations of error in hundreds of pages – a 2 hour time limit and audience fatigue is not a problem.
In six hundred theaters tonight, viewers will come away from the film with no idea that they have just picked up a broken arrow. They won’t know that the revised Egyptian chronology is not a new theory and has been shown to create as many problems for biblical chronology as it solves.
Yes and yes. There may be a better way to understand the Bible’s relationship to archaeology, but this movie is not it.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Palestine Exploration Fund. This post shares interesting items from the 100th anniversary exhibition. A calendar of coming lectures is also available.
After a flub over a mummy graveyard, a BYU researcher restores ties with the Egyptian authorities.
An upcoming CBS miniseries follows four female survivors of Masada. Trailer here.
Aren Maeir announces the 2015 Ackerman Family Annual Workshop in Biblical Archaeology. The topic is Southern Canaan in the Late Bronze Age.
Excavators working at Macherus have restored the site according to the principle of anastylosis, using only original architectural elements.
Matti Friedman: The Sistine Chapel of the Jews Is Restored to Life in Jerusalem.
Jack Sasson, curator of the Agade list which provides us with many stories each week, has retired from Vanderbilt.
Pre-pub at Logos: Charlesworth, Jesus and Temple: Textual and Archaeological Explorations, $20
Mari Had a Little Lamb is one of several Assyrian coloring pages.
We are now on twitter @BiblePlaces.
HT: Agade, Charles Savelle
Archaeologists working at Bethsaida have discovered a possible escape tunnel from the time of the Israelite monarchy.
Leen Ritmeyer explains the recent construction work on the Temple Mount and its potential significance for archaeology.
“The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry recently announced the excavation of a 3,000-year-old fortress at the site of Tell el-Habua (also known as Tel Habuwa and Tell Huba) near the Suez Canal in Egypt.”
Egypt’s Prime Minister recently visited the Grand Egyptian Museum to check on its progress for a slated August 2015 opening.
The works of the famous glass maker Ennion are now on display at the Met.
The Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas is hosting a temporary exhibition of old maps of the Holy Land. Wayne Stiles shows a few photos from his visit and explains the value of using maps in your
Monday lecture at the British Museum: Rupert Chapman, Ahab’s Ivory House: When Was It Destroyed?
Plans are underway to allow visitors inside the Erechtheion of the Acropolis.
The most visited museum in 2014 was the Louvre, with 9.3 million visitors.
HT: Explorator, Agade
Blue glass jug made by Ennion, first century AD
From the Eretz Israel Museum
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