Saturday, April 06, 2013

Weekend Roundup

Miriam Feinberg Vamosh has written an article on the little-known Church of St. Mark near the Armenian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. According to tradition in the Syriac Orthodox church, this was the place of the Last Supper.

A Byzantine winepress has been excavated at Hamei Yo’av near Kiryat Gat. High-resolution photos are available here (zip).

If you’re traveling to the Middle East, it’s worth preparing not only for the sites, but also for the food. Debra Kamin has four rules for eating hummus.

The LMLK Blogspot has a “modern ancient art mystery” for savvy biblical archaeology sleuths.

The AP has more about the new excavations in the city of Ur.

Scientists are studying a battering ram found in a Greek or Roman ship sunk off the coast of Libya.

The ruins of ancient Palmyra are being threatened by the fighting in Syria.

Some new maps of the ancient world are now going online at the Encyclopedia of Ancient History.

Aren Maeir will be lecturing on “The Search for Goliath” on April 18 at William Jessup University.

Yesterday’s quotation was by William Dever, long-time crusader against biblical archaeology. It’s from page 14 of Archaeology and Biblical Studies: Retrospects and Prospects. Evanston, IL: Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, 1974.

HT: Jack Sasson

Syrian Orthodox Church, St Mark's Convent, traditional house of Mark and Upper Room, tb010312374

Entrance to Church of St. Mark
Photo from the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands, Jerusalem volume (available at Amazon for $220 or at BiblePlaces.com for $39)

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4 Comments:

  • What is the time period and source of the Dever statement. I'd like to use it, but would need this info to answer questions.

    By Blogger Dennis Baugh, at Sat Apr 06, 08:30:00 AM  

  • Dennis - Thanks for asking. I meant to include that. The source is William G. Dever, Archaeology and Biblical Studies: Retrospects and Prospects. Evanston, IL: Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, 1974, page 14. You can see a snippet online here.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Sat Apr 06, 08:39:00 AM  

  • Note: the Sumerian Ur is possibly not the Ur of the Bible. Todd, your thoughts?

    By Blogger Mike Caba, at Sat Apr 06, 08:40:00 AM  

  • I don't have an opinion on Ur. I would recommend readers to Barry Beitzel, New Moody Atlas of the Bible, for arguments against the traditional southern location in favor of a northern location.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Sat Apr 06, 08:46:00 AM  

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