Archaeology

Is cosmic airburst site in Jordan evidence of Sodom and Gomorrah?

“Questions about the potential existence, age, and location of Sodom are not directly related to the fundamental question addressed in this investigation as to what processes produced high-temperature materials at Tall el-Hammam during the MBA (Middle Bronze Age),” the report notes. - BPNews

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Judge orders forfeiture of ancient tablet from Museum of the Bible

"It was acquired by Hobby Lobby in 2014 from Christie’s auction house for the company’s collections at the Museum of the Bible. The item was part of the exhibitions at the Museum of the Bible when it opened in November 2017 and remained on display until 2019, when it was confiscated by federal agents." - BPNews

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‘Christ Born of Mary’–Excavation Reveals First Evidence of Christian Settlement Near Nazareth

"Prior to construction of a new road in northern Israel, archaeologists and local volunteers discovered a 1,500-year-old Greek inscription reading 'Christ born of Mary.' The inscription, which also mentions the early Christian bishop Theodosius, was on a stone portion of a doorway to a Byzantine church." - C. Leaders

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Archaeologists discover rare 2,000-y-o oil lamp in Jerusalem’s City of David on Pilgrimage Road

"The IAA researchers believe the bronze lamp, shaped like a grotesque face cut in half and estimated to be from the late first century or the early second century CE, was put in the foundation of the building in Jerusalem’s City of David for good fortune" - C.Post

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9 Things You Should Know About the Dead Sea Scrolls

Last week, "Israeli archaeologists announced the discovery of dozens of Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing biblical texts. The fragments of parchment include lines of Greek text from the books of Zechariah and Nahum. Based on the writing style, they have been dated to around the first century AD." - TGC

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Scholar argues 'fake' Shapira Bible manuscript is actually oldest-known copy

"Idan Dershowitz, 38, now claims the manuscript is, indeed, real and far older than Shapira thought. Dershowitz published his claims and arguments in a paper released earlier this month, 'The Valediction of Moses: New Evidence on the Shapira Deuteronomy Fragments.'" - Fox

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