Ancient History

Peter van der Veen augmented a study by Gabriel Barkay on the Egyptian pharaohs' rule over Bronze Age Jerusalem, uncovering Egyptian statues, architectural elements and texts attesting to their presence in the city. This 13th-century B.C.E. red granite statue depicts an Egyptian queen. The Egyptian statue's significance went unnoticed for quite some time; uncovered by Arab workmen during the British Mandate, it was brought to a local clergyman's house before being kept in a [...]

Wed, May 30, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

“In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, King Shishak of Egypt marched against Jerusalem.”
—1 Kings 14:25

Shishak, actually Pharaoh Sheshonq I, left his own account of this northern campaign carved into the walls of the Temple of Karnak in Egypt, but he does not mention Jerusalem among the places he conquered. Israeli scholar Yigal Levin's article “Did Pharaoh Sheshonq Attack Jerusalem” in the July/August 2012 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review examines the [...]

Tue, May 29, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

Ronald S. Hendel

Who—or what—are the rock giants in Noah the movie?

Genesis 6 makes no mention of rock giants—or fallen angels—helping Noah build the ark. Where then did the rock giants in Noah the movie come from? Are they merely an invention by Hollywood scriptwriters?

The Hollywood blockbuster Noah has generated its fair share of controversy, with some saying the movie took too many liberties with the Biblical text. Certainly it is not a straightforward [...]

Mon, May 28, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

Still another group is looking for Mt. Ararat, where the Bible says Noah landed after the flood. This group is looking to confirm the tradition that nearby Mt. Cudi (Judi Dagh) is really Mt. Ararat, as recorded in the Quran, Sura 11.44.

They have not uncovered much scientific evidence to date, but they do have an intriguing Assyrian relief, which may explain why a local tradition regards Mt. Cudi as Mt. Ararat.

Sun, May 27, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

Left to right: Researchers Boaz Zissu, Yossi Nagar, and Haim Cohen inspect the skull discovered in the Jerusalem Hills. They believe this ancient skull displays evidence of historical blood vengeance. Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority.

An archaeological survey in the hills of Jerusalem proved to be fruitful when researchers came across human remains suggesting the earliest evidence of historical blood vengeance. Conducted under the direction of Boaz Zissu, Professor of Archaeology and Head of [...]
Fri, May 25, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

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