Sunday, August 10, 2014

Weekend Roundup, Part 2

A replica of Solomon’s Temple has now opened in Sao Paulo. But since it has the capacity to seat 10,000 people (and Solomon’s could seat exactly zero), one has to wonder in what sense it is a “replica.” This Forbes article has more info and a computer image. Google has more images.

Results of excavations at Tell Jemmeh in southern Israel from 1970 to 1990 have now been published.

G. M. Grena shares a list of lectures and abstracts of interest from the ASOR 2014 meeting in San Diego in November.

Wayne Stiles highlights some ancient tombs in Israel that you can visit.

Bible History Daily has a roundup of articles related to summer excavations.

The Times of Israel has a good collection of photos of mosaics from the Huqoq synagogue.

The NY Times has more on the destruction of the tomb of Jonah in Iraq.

ArtDaily: “Scientists at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia have re-discovered an important find in their own storage rooms, a complete human skeleton about 6,500 years old.”

Haaretz runs a profile on 5,000 years of strife in Gaza: “Gaza’s history reads like an encyclopedia of misery – war, destruction, earthquakes, plagues and floods. It has been destroyed and rebuilt, conquered again and again. But it also enjoyed periods of prosperity, when pagan, Jew and others lived together in harmony.”

Last call for the lowest price on Logos’ Archaeological and Theological Studies of Jerusalem (10 vols.) Some of the works I’m not familiar with, but the two Warren volumes are classics. The  more who order, the lower the price goes for all of us.

I recommended ScrollTag several years ago, but if you missed it then, you should check it out now. The program now includes the Trainer, a unique tool that will help you learn (and remember!) Greek and Hebrew word forms. The package price is a great deal.

HT: Jack Sasson, Charles Savelle

Tell Jemmeh and Nahal Besor view northwest, tb050701349

Tell Jemmeh and Nahal Basor
Photo from the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands,
volume 5

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  • Thanks for linking to my blog again, Dr. Bolen! I want to emphasize to your readers that these 35 intriguing abstracts I posted represent a mere 7% of the total scheduled for the ASOR conference (~474 abstracts were in the draft I received), & of course that's only a fraction of the lectures that will also be presented at the nearby ETS & SBL conferences too. So again, I'd encourage anyone interested in hearing cutting-edge Bible-related, Near East archeology-related scholarship, please consider going to San Diego in November. Details are available at each of the respective websites linked above. The more people there, the more funds raised to support research, & I like that stuff!

    By Blogger G.M. Grena, at Tue Aug 12, 12:19:00 AM  

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