Isaiah’s signature? For real?

Has a lump of clay bearing the prophet Isaiah’s personal seal been discovered in Jerusalem? Maybe, maybe not. Archaeologist Eilat Mazar, in a Biblical Archaeology Review¬†tribute article to retiring editor Hershel Shanks, recently described a clay bullae found in...
Last call!

Last call!

I know you’re out there, and you know who you are: someone who has always wanted to spend a couple of weeks on an archaeological expedition, to get down in the dirt and dig up amazing things from the soil of ancient Israel. Nurturing Faith Experiences and...
Take care with camel lips

Take care with camel lips

If you’ve ever been around camels, you can’t help but notice that they have large lips, but you don’t generally get too close to them, as they have been known to bite and spit — and camel breath, well, enough said. Camels are a big deal in...
Pence, Jerusalem, and the Trumpocalypse

Pence, Jerusalem, and the Trumpocalypse

Vice-president Mike Pence’s recent visit to Jerusalem marked a towering victory for right wing fundamentalism, both Christian and Jewish. Pence’s fervent speech to the Israeli Knesset, rife with biblical references and described by the newspaper¬†Haaretz as...
No, it’s not the end.

No, it’s not the end.

To my friends around the world: Yes, America appears to have gone off the deep end wearing lead boots. No, we are not going to drown, despite the rising waters of bigotry and greed. Yes, evidence continues to mount that we have made a terrible mistake. Somehow, this...
Where everything old is new again . . .

Where everything old is new again . . .

Yikes. That’s what I said to myself when I realized I hadn’t posted a blog in more than a month: that’s what finishing up a semester and the big rush of completing a book can do for you — along with being determined to take a few days off...

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