The story around the “First Century Gospel of Mark” text has turned very strange. (Michael Holmes, Elijah Hixson, Brent Nongbri, Candida Moss, Jerry Pattengale)
An Egyptian statue resembling King Tut sold for $6 million in a controversial auction.
A luxury hotel built in Antakya (biblical Antioch on the Orontes) preserves the ancient ruins found below.
Boxes of material from Jerry Vardaman’s excavations at Macherus have been dug out of storage and will be studied and published.
Omri Lernau explains what kinds of fish were eaten in ancient Jerusalem.
Dozens of metal archaeological artifacts excavated at Caesarea were stolen from an Israel Antiquities Authority storage facility (Haaretz premium).
The latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review is a double issue, featuring articles on the wise woman of Abel Beth Maacah, the Royal Stoa of the Temple Mount, Jewish purity practices, inscriptions from Mount Gerizim, and the Copper Scroll.
Here’s a tutorial on how to write in cuneiform.
The newest Bible Land Passages documentary has been released. This 18-minute video looks the candidates for the tomb of Jesus.
In a recent episode of Hebrew Voices, David Moster explains how toilets worked in ancient Israel.
And David just produced part 2 of “How to Use the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: the Masorah Notes” (20-min video).
Recent interviews on The Book and the Spade:
- Shlomo Ben Asher on Magdala and the Magdala stone
- Scott Stripling on the 2019 Shiloh excavations
Carl Rasmussen explains how a Lewis Bolt was used to lift heavy stones in the ancient world.
Leen Ritmeyer shares some photos from his underground work at the Temple Mount in the 1970s.
Ferrell Jenkins posts an idyllic photo of an olive tree and two olive presses.
A friend at my church is leading a 20-day tour of New Zealand this January and he has a few open spots. He’s a native New Zealander and a seminary graduate, and he will be giving biblical instruction along the way (for example, NZ has 30 million sheep!). I can’t imagine a better tour of New Zealand. Here’s a flyer with more info.
HT: Joseph Lauer, Ted Weis, Charles Savelle, Agade, David Padfield, Mark Hoffman, Explorator