Tuesday, January 01, 2013

More Top Stories of 2012

For the year that just ended, we posted about 325 times. According to Blogger statistics, our readers come from many countries, the top 5 of which are:

#1: United States
#2: United Kingdom
#3: Israel
#4: China
#5: Canada

Yesterday we listed the top stories related to discoveries and technology. Today we conclude with three additional categories. Yesterday’s disclaimers apply here as well.

Significant Stories in 2012:
Reconstruction of Herod's Tomb Criticized (and Defended)
Jesus Discovery: Early Christian Burial in Jerusalem, with lots of follow-up
Temple Mount Model at Christ Church, Jerusalem
New Visitor Center Approved for City of David
Not Guilty: James Ossuary Trial Ends
Turkey Halts Loan of Museum Artifacts
$100 Million for Biblical Tourism in Jerusalem
Construction Begins on Israel National Archaeology Library
Greek Economic Crisis Threatens Antiquities
Seven Wonders of Israel
Somebody Once Believed Jesus Had a Wife (and lots of links)
Cyrus Cylinder Coming to the U.S.
Ancient Cedar Beams on Temple Mount
Noteworthy Posts:
The Promised Land Includes Transjordan (No, It Doesn’t)
Speculating on the Mysterious Marks in City of David, by A.D. Riddle
Biblical Problems with Locating Sodom at Tall el-Hammam, by Bill Schlegel
The Best Maps of Israel
Jonah, Jesus and the Talpiot Ossuary, by Chris McKinny
My Recent Trip to Israel
Picture of the Week: Mount Hermon and Caesarea Philippi, by Seth Rodriquez
Critiques of the Work of Robert Cornuke
Notes on the Water in Antiquity Conference, by Chris McKinny

Favorite Resources in 2012:
In the Footsteps of Paul
Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? 
Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus
Books from Eretz Magazine
The Walls of the Temple Mount
Free Volumes in the Loeb Classical Library
Alexander to Constantine
The Archaeology of the Holy Land
ARTIFAX Magazine 
Israel Topographical Relief Map
The Land and the Book

Our favorite, naturally, is the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands, Revised and Expanded (recommended by Jenkins, Gundersen, Chandler, and Savelle).

As 2013 begins, we wish our readers all the best in the coming year.

The 2012 release of the new Pictorial Library of Bible Lands marked the culmination of 9 years of travel, research, and writing.

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