You saw it here first

You saw it here first

First, Susan uncovered what first looked like a spear point, but turned out to be the head of a bronze scepter. Everyone gathered around to look at the find, and some dirt near the edge of a baulk was displaced. As soon as the others left, I scooped up the displaced...
The temple beneath the bridge …

The temple beneath the bridge …

Beneath a huge bridge on the main road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, just past a huge subdivision called Mevaseret Zion and less than four miles northwest of the Old City, one can find the remains of an ancient temple that may have been used to worship both Yahweh and...
Have we erred on Ur?

Have we erred on Ur?

For years, most Bible readers have assumed that Abraham’s hometown should be identified with the great city of Ur, located in southern Mesopotamia, an area known in ancient times as Sumer. The area is now in southern Iraq; the site of Ur is near the modern city of...
Pardon my skepticism

Pardon my skepticism

Several news outlets have reported what some see as exciting news with headlines like “Relic believed to be of Jesus’ manger returned to Bethlehem” (UPI) and “After Two Thousand Years, Jesus’ Manger Returns to Bethlehem in Time for...
Intriguing find; political drama

Intriguing find; political drama

Doing archaeology is hard work under any circumstances, not just in the physical labor of uncovering ancient layers of civilizations, but also in walking the tightrope of ethical propriety. Such an issue is plaguing a newsworthy excavation in East Jerusalem: an...

Ninety years a servant

Sara Ann Hobbs was a force of nature with a heart for others. When she died August 28 in Silver City, New Mexico, in the home she shared with long-time friend Nancy Curtis, Hobbs reached the end of a long and pioneering journey. The journey began in Anniston, AL, in...

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