Category Archives: Scholarly articles

The Assyrians in Israel

I published several blog posts on the Assyrian rule of the Levant, especially of the Philistine cities and parts of Judah. see here, here, here, and here. There is a debate among scholars to what extent the Assyrians exploited the … Continue reading

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The aesthetics of scholarship

“I know archaeology is not always exciting, but does it have to get that boring?”, I often ask myself when reading through another archaeological article. The language is stilted, the sentences dry, the concepts uninspiring. Yes, I do understand that … Continue reading

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Assyrians on the Mediterranean Coast

The discussion and articles on the Assyrian presence in the Levant keep coming. The latest is by Yifat Thareani and is entitled The Empire and the “Upper Sea”: Assyrian Control Strategies along the Southern Levantine Coast, published in BASOR 375 … Continue reading

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The tabun and its misidentification in the archaeological record

Recently the article The tabun and its misidentification in the archaeological record by Jennie Ebeling and M. Rogel was published in the journal Levant. It examines the current and past use of tabun bread ovens in the Levant. For a … Continue reading

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The Old Testament as part of Christian Scriptures

In this post I’ll depart from my usual topic of illustrating the world of the Bible to discussing aspects of the Bible’s relevance for today. I want to pick up a theological discussion that has even spilled over into the … Continue reading

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After Byzantine rule

Between 630 and 640 AD/CE the Holy Land was wrested from the Byzantine Empire by Muslim Arab forces, only a few years after the Byzantine Empire had reconquered the land from the Persians. The Persian occupation does not seem to … Continue reading

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Byzantine times in the Holy Land

The period of densest settlement in the land of Israel before the 1950s was the Byzantine Period, from the 4th to the 7th century CE (AD). At this time the territory was governed by Roman emperors based in Byzantium (Constantinople, … Continue reading

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