Sunday, January 24, 2016

Weekend Roundup, Part 2

A Jerusalem Post article by the chairs of the PEF and the Early Exploration of the Holy Land conference describes some of the Temple Mount explorations by Charles Warren.

After a major sandstorm last week, Israel is gearing up for a mega-snowstorm this week.

A major archaeological campaign to ancient sites in southern Israel has led to big questions: Why did the people abandon the sites? Why were these desert-dwellers eating large quantities of fish? And where are the Nabatean remains in these so-called Nabatean cities?

The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, St. Elijah's Monastery, has been destroyed by ISIS.

A new exhibit, “Khirbet el-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site,” is opening in February at Faulkner University’s Kearley Graduate School of Theology.

Newsweek takes a look at new technology being used to read ancient scrolls.

"An international team of researchers said Sunday they will soon begin analyzing cosmic particles collected inside Egypt's Bent Pyramid to search for clues as to how it was built and learn more about the 4,600-year-old structure."

A couple of items of note from the Caspari Center Media Review:
”This article protests the planning of a housing project on the southern slope of Karnei Hittin, as it is not only the location of famous battles such as the Crusader defeat by Saladin in 1187, but also one of the possible locations of the Mount of Beatitudes.”

“This article recounts a number of recently published tourism statistics for 2015. Of particular note is the fact that 52% of incoming tourists were Christian, with 22% declaring that they had come for pilgrimage. The average rate of satisfaction was 4.4 out of 5.”

Tree historian Yaacov Shkolnik identifies the four most interesting trees in the Tel Aviv area.

HT: Charles Savelle, Joseph Lauer, Ted Weis

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