Yehiel Zelinger discusses the excavations of Bliss and Dickie on Mount Zion and shares a great photo of his own excavations there. (I’d love to see a labeled version, if anyone knows of such or can create one…)
Archaeologists working in Turkey have uncovered evidence related to the collapse of the Assyrian empire.
The first phase of the renovation of St. Catherine’s Library is complete.
The BBC tells the story of the relocation of the modern inhabitants of ancient Gadara through its former security guard.
The third issue of the newsletter of Tel Aviv U’s Institute of Archaeology includes field reports from this year’s work at Ashdod-Yam, Kiriath Jearim, Beth Shemesh, and the City of David.
And now Hollywood gives us . . . Samson. (Whether you are interested in the trailer or not, click the link to see how archaeologist Aren Maeir keeps his volunteers in line.)
Ferrell Jenkins shares a beautiful aerial photo of Jerusalem from the west.
A writer for Haaretz (premium) asks, Why doesn’t Israel have a museum for Jesus?
LiveScience looks into the backstory of a bone that Oxford scientists believe comes from the real St. Nicholas.
The city of Nazareth has cancelled Christmas celebrations in protest of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Was the census that brought Jesus to Bethlehem a coincidence?
Among the specials for Accordance’s 12 Days of Christmas is the Biblical Archaeology Review (1975-2012).
We’ll have part three of the roundup tomorrow with another dozen stories.
HT: Ted Weis, Joseph Lauer, Agade, Mark Hoffman, Charles Savelle, Explorator, Chris McKinny,