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The New “Photo Companion to the Bible” – It’s Much More Than Pictures

A new resource has just become available and is a “must have” for any Bible teacher. The Gospels: Photo Companion to the Bible has thousands of images that illustrate and illuminate nearly every verse in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The … Continue reading

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How did bells on the High Priest’s garment sound?

In 2011, archaeologists Eli Shukron and Ronny Reich uncovered a golden bell in Jerusalem that may have belonged to a 1st century High Priest. Small golden bells were part of the High Priest’s official attire when ministering in the Holy … Continue reading

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Canaan was not a big desert. (Someone tell the media!)

Looking at biblically-themed art or watching biblically-themed movies, one has to assume most of ancient Israel’s territory was desert. This is simply not true of a land of “milk and honey” – two products that require vegetation. One example of geographical … Continue reading

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Wild Boar (pigs!) at Caesarea Philippi (Banias, Israel) — with 3 photos

Originally posted on HolyLandPhotos' Blog:
On a recent trip to Israel our student group was preparing our lunch at the picnic grounds on the site of Banias (NT Caesarea Philippi—think Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ/Messiah—Matthew 16:16 and gospel…

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The Gihon Spring and Solomon’s Wisdom

My previous post discussed the recently-completed excavations around Jerusalem’s Gihon spring. This spring was the water source for ancient Jerusalem. The Gihon spring had one weakness. It lay at the bottom of the hill, but for defensive purposes the city … Continue reading

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15-Year Excavation Completed at Jerusalem’s Gihon Spring (Video)

This short video shows the powerful Canaanite fortifications at Jerusalem prior to David’s time. Anyone who has visited the Gihon Spring in the past 15 years has seen the massive stones along with sandbags and other evidence of excavation. The … Continue reading

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Short Video: From Jericho to Masada at the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is always an enjoyable place to visit. I make a point of going there during every trip to Israel. A warm float in the Dead Sea and the fresh, cool waterfalls of Ein Gedi wash away every … Continue reading

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Remarkable video of a flood in the Harod Valley, Israel

Israel is having its heaviest winter rains in 30 years. The good news is the rising water levels in the Sea of Galilee, the country’s principal reservoir. The bad news is the flooding that can come with heavy rainfall. Check … 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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What was Israel’s ‘Capital’ Before the Monarchy?

Quick… off the top of your head, name 5 of the most important biblical cities. No doubt Jerusalem is on your list? Go ahead and stretch it to 10 important biblical cities. Perhaps your list has cities such as Bethlehem … Continue reading

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