Category Archives: Israel

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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Finally, Fresh Fruit from Ancient Date Palms

Remember the 2,000 year-old date palm from Masada? The original tree, nicknamed Methuselah, is now a daddy thanks to patience, science, and a little bit of luck. In a happy, very un-2020 report, we have a harvest of new ancient … Continue reading

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Gov’t complex from time of Hezekiah, Manasseh discovered near US Embassy in Jerusalem

The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced the discovery of a large building from the ancient Kingdom of Judah that has been dated to the time of kings Hezekiah and Manasseh (Heb. – Menashe). The Jerusalem Post article includes photos and … Continue reading

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6 more 2,000 year-old seeds sprout to give “Methuselah” Date Palm a family

In 2008, Dr. Sarah Sallon successfully revived a 2,000 year-old seed from the extinct Judea Date Palm. This tree is named “Methuselah” and currently stands more than 11 feet tall. An Israeli research team has now germinated six more date … Continue reading

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Recognize this famous ancient spot in Israel?

If you have traveled to Israel, you’ve likely visited the place in the photograph below. Do you recognize it? Take a few seconds to figure it out before reading further. It looks quite different now due to recent work to … Continue reading

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Does it snow in Israel? As sure as snowflakes, it does.

Israel has recently experienced storms across the country, including one in the north that dropped nearly 14 inches (35 cm) of snow on Mt. Hermon. Canaan is not blessed with consistent winter snow but Mt. Hermon normally receives it every … Continue reading

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“Journey Through the Testaments” tour to the Bible Lands

There are a few weeks remaining to join my “Journey Through the Testaments” tour from June 10th to 22nd, 2019. Whether it’s your first time or a repeat visit, this trip helps you perceive and understand the Bible on a … Continue reading

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My Bible Lands Tour in June, with optional extension to Join a Dig

If you want to have a special Bible Lands experience, join my “Journey Through the Testaments” tour from June 10th to 22nd, 2019. Whether it’s your first time or a repeat visit, this trip will help you perceive and understand … Continue reading

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Island appears in the Sea of Galilee

The land of Israel is undergoing one of its periodic droughts, to the point that an island has appeared in the receding Sea of Galilee. The Sea of Galilee water level frequently drops during the dry summer months and rises … Continue reading

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