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Come Help Excavate Bethsaida this Summer

Come Help Excavate Bethsaida this Summer

Have you ever dreamed of being an archaeologist? You’ll be interested in the project at the likely site of Bethsaida. This is the village near where Jesus fed the five thousand (Luke 9:12-17), and where three disciples called home (John 1:43). . . If you’ve toured the land, you may have visited a site that […]

Get Ready for Passover by Making Some Mudbricks

Get Ready for Passover by Making Some Mudbricks

Next week we’ll be beginning Lent, which looks forward to the Passover/Resurrection Day. Passover, of course, is the celebration of God’s redemption of Israel from slavery in Egypt. I think I’ve found the perfect activity for the season–making mudbricks like the ancient Israelites did in Egypt! Today Biblical Archaeology Review gave instructions on how to […]

The Gospels in First Century Judea - Conference Aug 29, 2013

The Gospels in First Century Judea – Conference Aug 29, 2013

Update: A few months ago I told you about the program on Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins at Nyack College in New York City.  I mentioned that they will be hosting an Inaugural Conference on August 29, 2013. The conference, entitled “The Gospels in First Century Judea” looks very good. Some outstanding Christian and Jewish […]

Jesus' Wife? Scholars Weigh In (Updated 10/3)

Jesus’ Wife? Scholars Weigh In (Updated 10/3)

(UPDATED 10/3/12 – See new links at bottom.)  If you’ve been reading the news lately, there’s no way you can miss the latest media craze about “Jesus’ Wife.” It’s based on the wording of a papyrus fragment that was found in Egypt that is thought to date to about 400 AD, if it is not […]

Great News, If You Need Images for Preaching

Great News, If You Need Images for Preaching

If you give talks on biblical subjects and use Powerpoint images like I do, you’ll be happy to hear this news. Todd Bolen recently issued a major update of the Pictorial Library of the Bible Lands, which includes images and maps from Israel, Egypt, Greece and other biblical lands, as well as Jewish culture and […]

Golden Bell from a Priest's Robe Found

Golden Bell from a Priest’s Robe Found

I got a kick out of a recent archaeological finding in Jerusalem – a golden bell that was likely sown on the hem of a high official’s garment. Remember how God stipulated that the high priest’s robe was to have bells and pomegranates hanging from it (Exodus 28:34)? Well, they found a golden bell that […]