Category Archives: Egypt

Israel in Archaeology: The Merneptah Inscription

The Merneptah Stele is a hieroglyphic inscription on stone that attests to Israel’s presence in Canaan in the late-1200’s BC, during the biblical period of the Judges. The inscription was made by Pharaoh Merneptah who reigned over Egypt from ca. 1213 … Continue reading

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Let’s Go to Gezer Together (with video)

Archaeological teams often take field trips to other sites during excavation season. Last Thursday afternoon, we went to the biblical city of Gezer. This site has seen the best of times and the worst of times. What does that mean? … Continue reading

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Ancient papyrus: Was Jesus Married? Don’t overlook this perspective…

Harvard professor Karen King is publishing her findings on an ancient papyrus that mentions Jesus’ “wife.” What to think? Here are four items that should shape our perspective. a) According to the New York Times article, “the provenance of the papyrus fragment … Continue reading

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Fresh Evidence for an early Exodus? (15th century date)

An old inscription receives a fresh look that may reveal evidence for the date of the Israelite Exodus. The biblical text indicates the Israelite exodus from Egypt took place in the fifteenth century (mid-1400’s) B.C., but some scholars argue for … Continue reading

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Archaeological News Roundup

After a month-long hiatus from posting (brought on by heavy time commitments), here are a few recent archaeological/biblical bits that jumped off the page: “17 Lost Egyptian Pyramids Discovered From Space” – Almost sounds like a plot line for a … Continue reading

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Update: Damage to Egyptian Antiquities

Looters have moved against other museums and sites in Egypt with some success. A group of looters attacked a warehouse at the Qantara Museum near the city of Ismailia on the Suez Canal that contained 3,000 objects from the Roman … Continue reading

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Egyptian Museum under threat by looters

The current unrest in Egypt poses significant danger to priceless artifacts in its most important museum. The Egyptian army secured Cairo’s famed antiquities museum early Saturday, protecting thousands of priceless artifacts, including the gold mask of King Tutankhamun, from looters. … Continue reading

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Interesting “Book and Spade” Program

This week’s podcast on “The Book and the Spade” is titled “Shasu of Yahweh” and discusses some specific Egyptian hieroglyphs that mention a god named Yahweh, which happens to be the biblical name of the God of Israel. One quote … Continue reading

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Lost Persian Army Found in Egypt?

(Honestly, this is not a plot for another Brendan Fraser “Mummy” movie.) The remains of a mighty Persian army said to have drowned in the sands of the western Egyptian desert 2,500 years ago might have been finally located, solving … Continue reading

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Have Coins from Joseph’s Time Really Been Found in Egypt?

Several readers may have seen or heard about a recent report that coins from Joseph’s time have been found in Egypt. A couple of news agencies have picked it up. I’ve even seen individuals posting about it on Facebook. There … Continue reading

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