The Illumination of Archaeology

Recently (July 2017) there was a story about “ancient Canaanite DNA” disproves the Bible. For example, The Independent in the UK had this headline: “Bible says Canaanites were wiped out by Israelites but scientists just found their descendants living in Lebanon.” Except, of course, that the Bible says no such thing. This comes up with reasonable frequency, some discovery offers […]

Was the Northern Kingdom Deviant? | Biblical Archaeology Review

BAR has just published a nice little piece by my former grad assistant Jonathan Greer. Do go and give it a read! (Jim will appreciate the presence of the word “deviant” in the title.) Archaeologically speaking, very little is known of the ancient Israelite cult as it was practiced by the kings and priests of […]

Sacred Techs is up!

I am very pleased to announce that the first post and podcast of Sacred Techs are now up! (The podcast is even available via iTunes.) This site is a collaboration between myself and Dr. Robert Cargill. We describe the site as, “posts and podcasts relevant to the study of things ancient using things very modern.” With […]

Palestinian Authority Officials ask Canada to Seize Dead Sea Scrolls

For some reason the most recent Royal Ontario Museum exhibition of Dead Sea Scrolls has ignited a lot of debate. The most recent headline to cross my digital threshold was one I had not heard before (but I don’t look for these things as a rule). They make some interesting arguments, perhaps fueled by the […]

Pyramids secrets revealed 1

The main stream media is letting us down again. Titanium UFO hangar discovered under ruins of 4,300 year-old pyramid Saqqara, Egypt – (Grateful Dead Sea Scrolls Mess): The intact remains of a huge titanium-built UFO hangar beneath a newly discovered 4,300 year-old pyramid have been hailed as the archaeological find of the centry. “It’s covered […]

CS Lewis on “Gabriel’s Vision”

I just came across this blog today, “Further Up & Further In: A C.S. Lewis & Inklings Resource Blog,” by Dr. Bruce L. Edwards of Bowling Green State. Others may know of him already, I did not, but his info looks impressive and sound and the site looks very interesting. He certainly offers a great […]

WSJ: “Looted sites” in Iraq exaggerated

You will all be familiar with the reports that major Iraqi sites had been destroyed by looters and US troops (see the U Chicago OI’s “Lost Treasures from Iraq” site). Well, apparently that may not be quite true. Melik Kaylan reports for the Wall Street Journal: A recent mission to Iraq headed by top archaeologists […]