It has been an interesting year (or so) for archaeology in the Holy Land. The minimalists must be quite depressed. 😦
I will list only three major stories that are quite supportive (to say the least) of the Biblical record with its description of the Davidic and Solomonic times:
1) The excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa of Yosef Garfinkel from Hebrew University.
2) The excavations of Thomas Levy (from my good old school UCSD) in Jordan at Khirbat en-Nahas (which I visited last year – photos later).
3) And the latest on a possible Solomonic temple in Jerusalem is found here.
As it could be expected – there are plenty of archaeologists who question the conclusions of these excavators and are cautious to make any connections with the Biblical record. This is not surprising, and final conclusions are still to be drawn.
However – one cannot help but think that ‘minimalists’ have not had a good year.
Once again – lack of evidence is NOT evidence of absence!
I was glad to see that an alumni from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary won the Christianity Today Book Award. His name is Kevin DeYoung and he blogs here. The book is entitled: Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion.
You can listen to an interview with him here.
Is it always inspiring to see graduates from GCTS do great things for the Kingdom of GOD! PTL!
It is also great to see someone loving the Church and writing about that love!
The great British Orientalist Donald Wiseman was called home. He played a very important role in the early development of the Tyndale House and had great contributions to biblical scholarship and the study of the ancient Near East. [This information was obtained from Tyndale House]
Here is a photo of Professor Wiseman from ancient Nimrud:
Left to right: Donald Wiseman stands next to his good friend
Agatha Christie, her husband Max Mallowan, and Neville Chittick,
while carrying out archaeological excavation at Nimrud.
There are many things I did not know about Professor Wiseman. Thus, I had no idea that he was a recipient of the USA Bronze Star Medal for his valor in World War II… Read the tribute below and become wiser/better! (more…)