Monthly Archives: February 2012

Dig at Khirbet Summeily this summer!

Mississippi State University will be excavating at Khirbet Summeily again this summer from 17 June to 20 July. It should be a great season. And as an added bonus, I’ll be there ;-). We’re expanding from the squares we’ve opened … Continue reading

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Biblical historical criticism

For centuries the Bible was interpreted as a book of allegorical stories, a book of virtuous examples and some timeless statements. Stained-glass windows in many a church show the characters of Bible stories in medieval dress. That was not just … Continue reading

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Technology: X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Spectrometry

For the last two days I went to a workshop on the use of a portable XRF spectrometry device. It is a tool to analyze the elemental composition of material without destroying the material. The device is based on principles … Continue reading

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Life in the Holy Land: the Camel

It’s not certain when the camel was introduced to the land of Israel. It is, of course, mentioned in the Bible, and we see it depicted in the Lachish Reliefs. Gustaf Dalman mentions that the camel was first found in … Continue reading

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