“In an statement timed just ahead of Passover, the Temple Mount Sifting Project said Sunday it had found a stone finger that may have belonged to a Bronze Age Egyptian statue, but conceded it wasn’t sure.”
For the first time ever, a reenactment of the Passover sacrifice took place in the Jewish Quarter.
Wayne Stiles has released the third video in his virtual tour of the Passion Week.
Carl Rasmussen has written a series of informative posts related to Jesus’s trial and crucifixion, including “Another Gethsemane?,” “Site of Crucifixion of Jesus?,” “Gordon’s Calvary,” and “The Burial Bench of Jesus?”
John DeLancey is on The Book and the Spade discussing the latest renovations of the edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
DeLancey also recently announced a tour this fall of Egypt, Jordan, and Israel.
An archaeologist claims that a thick layer of sand at Tel Achziv attests to a tsunami that hit the coast of Israel in the 8th century BC.
Evidence discovered below the Dead Sea suggests that there were significant droughts in the past.
On the ASOR Blog, Douglas Petrovich discusses some of his discoveries behind his theory that Hebrew is the language behind the world’s first alphabet. Alan Millard has written a response. You can get a 25% discount on Petrovich’s book with code PET25.
The Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology opens today at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
Israel’s Good Name recently went on a Bar Ilan U tour of the Old City and Ramat Rahel.
The latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review has articles on the Arch of Titus, Magdala, and three more biblical people confirmed by archaeological evidence.
Leen Ritmeyer notes two new apps that take visitors to ancient Jerusalem. Live Science has more about the Lithodomos VR app.
Divers in Italy have begun the search for a third pleasure barge of Emperor Caligula.
The site of Humayma in southern Jordan was probably founded by the Nabatean king Aretas IV early in the first century AD.
“War and Storm: Treasures of the Sea Around Sicily” is a special exhibit of recovered antiquities at Glyptotek in Copenhagen.
According to The Irish News, some of the Chester Beatty manuscripts are now on display in the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.
John the Baptist would feel right at home at a Mariners’ game with their new menu offering of toasted grasshoppers.
Frederic William Bush, longtime Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, died last week.
HT: Charles Savelle, Agade, Joseph Lauer, Steven Anderson
2 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup”
Todd, thank you for reporting on Douglas Petrovich's research and the ongoing discussions (also to the ASOR blog, as well). I've seen a number of cases where scholars and others will cite negative critiques of his thesis but apparently don't think to (or won't) cite his own research or responses. Whether one finds his arguments persuasive or not, it can come across as prejudicial bias. I personally haven't read enough to come to a conclusion myself, although my old professor Clyde Billington seemed supportive of Petrovich's overall thesis on a recent episode of The Book & the Spade.
I am grateful to you and your fellows for the BiblePlaces Blog.
Thank you, Adam, for your encouraging words.