Tag Archives: Byzantine Period

People in history

I was recently asked to comment on an article by Israel Finkelstein, which discussed the history of Ancient Israel. As could be expected, the article had some good points, reference to archaeological conclusions, declarations of scholarly consensus where no consensus … Continue reading

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Smite or be smitten

One of the pleasures of studying ancient peoples is that you can actually talk about people smiting others, because they actively smote back then and were not just smitten. Of course, mostly it was the powerful people, like pharaos, who … Continue reading

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Um Lakis and the destruction of heritage

The site of Um Lakis in southern Israel is known among archaeological circles only for the fact that here William Flinders Petrie conducted the first excavation for the Palestine Exploration Fund. He was trying to find the ancient city of … 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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