The largest treasure of gold coins ever found in Israel was recently discovered in the harbor of Caesarea. Most of the coins date to the Fatimid period (ca. AD 1000). There’s a close-up of a well-preserved coin here. Seven high-res images are available here.
The Jerusalem Post has photos and a video of the recent snowfall in Israel. Record snowfall was recorded in Istanbul, and the snow was heavy in Lebanon and Jordan. Yahoo has more photos of Jerusalem here. And Shmuel Browns has some photos from his neighborhood in the German Colony.
Leen Ritmeyer suggests that some paving stones on the Temple Mount pre-date the Roman destruction.
The next stop for the Passages exhibit is the happy town of Santa Clarita, California.
Ever wanted to volunteer in Israel? Wayne Stiles suggests 15 volunteering opportunities.
James Pritchard’s HarperCollins Atlas of Bible History is not the best atlas out there, but it’s currently only $3.99 for Kindle. As one reviewer notes, the text may be more useful on the screen than the maps.
This week on the Book and the Spade: Herod’s palaces and ancient olive oil, with Clyde Billington.
Ferrell Jenkins explains how Pilate used coins to promote the emperor cult.
Codex Vaticanus is now online.
Aren Maeir’s recent lecture at GVSU is now posted on Youtube.
Eric Cline will be lecturing at the Oriental Institute in Chicago next week.
Gabriel Barkay, Zachi Dvira, and others involved in the Temple Mount Sifting Operation are coming on a fundraising tour in April and May. Check out their blog to learn how you can arrange talks or dinners with them.
The Islamic State is reportedly looting ancient sites “on an industrial scale.” Some people are trying to stop it.
HT: Ted Weis, Joseph Lauer, Charles Savelle, Jock Stender
Gold coins discovered in Caesarea harbor
Photo copyright: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority