Author Archives: LukeChandler

About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads popular study tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.

Biblical inscription from Mt. Ebal, but a note of caution

Archaeologists have revealed a small, ancient lead amulet with an inscription that was discovered on Mt. Ebal in the rubbish pile of a previous excavation. Back in the 1980s, Dr. Adam Zertal uncovered a stone structure atop Mt. Ebal that … Continue reading

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Contrary to earlier report, Turkey not returning Siloam inscription

A couple days ago, an Israeli news source quoted an Israeli official that Turkey had agreed to send the Siloam inscription to Israel as a result of diplomatic negotiations. Turkey has since responded that the Siloam incsription will not be … Continue reading

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Updated Report: Turkey will NOT return Hezekiah’s Tunnel inscription to Israel

(See update at bottom) A report today states that Turkey has agreed to return the famous inscription from Hezekiah’s tunnel back to Jerusalem. The inscription, etched on stone near the western end of the 8th BC water tunnel, describes how … Continue reading

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Recent Discoveries: another 1st-century synagogue in Magdala and an early Christian’s ring

A few years ago, we found a synagogue from Jesus’ time in the biblical town of Magdala, where Mary the Magdalene once lived. The excavated synagogue had its original mosaic floors and a clear central room with benches along the … Continue reading

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Paul’s Epistles now available for Photo Companion to the Bible

The excellent photo/commentary series from BiblePlaces has added Paul’s Epistles to its collection, and with a very generous sale price. You can get all nine biblical volumes for $129, which works out to around $14 per volume. (The regular cost … Continue reading

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A King’s John? Another Biblical-Era Toilet Found in Jerusalem

Archaeologists announced the discovery of a 2,700 year-old toilet, complete with septic tank, in a large ancient building along the Haas Promenade, just south of Jerusalem. A couple of other toilets have been found in Jerusalem and Judah over the … Continue reading

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Join a Webinar on the Archaeology of David, Solomon, and Rehoboam

ASOR (the American Society for Overseas Research) is hosting a webinar this Sunday, Sept. 19, at 4:30pm (US Eastern Time) on “David, Solomon, and Rehoboam’s Kingdom – the Archaeological Evidence.” In recent years, we have uncovered many things from the … Continue reading

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Archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar passes away

We just learned today that Dr. Eilat Mazar passed away in Jerusalem. No details have been released except that she will be buried tomorrow. She became widely known in the archaeological world for her discovery of “David’s Palace” in Jerusalem, … Continue reading

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New BiblePlaces volume for 2 Samuel now available

The BiblePlaces photo collections continue to grow. The 2 Samuel volume is now available, and on sale. This set illustrates the entire book through 2,900+ photos and is pre-formatted in PowerPoint for teaching. Each photo slide is accompanied by researched, … Continue reading

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ca. 2,000 year-old Bible texts found by Dead Sea, First since Dead Sea Scrolls

Scholars just announced the discovery of ancient biblical manuscripts in a previously-excavated cave near the Dead Sea. They appear to be from a scroll of the Minor Prophets and include passages Zechariah and Nahum. The texts are written in Greek … Continue reading

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