Tag Archives: Dead Sea

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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Masada Dig Yields New Discoveries from Jewish War

Preliminary results from the new excavations at Masada have been released, with “tremendous amounts” of new finds illuminating the famous Roman siege. Here are some excerpts: “We’re actually excavating a refugee camp,” said Guy Stiebel, the archaeologist leading excavations carried … Continue reading

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Another Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Found (Photos)

For the first time in over 60 years, scholars have identified another Dead Sea Scrolls cave. This newly excavated cave has everything one finds in a DSS cave (storage jars with lids, protective cloth wrap, leather binding straps, etc.) except … Continue reading

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New Excavations to Begin at Masada

After a 10-year hiatus, the Dead Sea mountain fortress of Masada will be excavated again according to this news article. Though much has been found in the past, Director of Excavations Dr. Guy Stiebel says much remains to be discovered. Masada (“stronghold”) … 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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A Day with the Duttons (or, How Much Can Gentiles Pack Into a Sabbath?)

Last weekend I had the privilege to be with Trent and Rebekah Dutton. The Duttons are a great couple with an interesting story. Both are computer programmers with experience in military applications. Their interest in biblical geography and archaeology grew as they … Continue reading

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Rising water levels in the Sea of Galilee… but not the Jordan River

A Jerusalem Post article reports that the Sea of Galilee, after years of receding water levels, has filled up this winter and is now less than two meters from full capacity. Heavier-than-usual winter rains are a factor, but so is … Continue reading

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Can the Dead Sea be brought back to life? Finally, a plan is emerging.

The Dead Sea is dying, but after decades of dropping water levels (over 80 feet in a few decades) plans are being drawn up to save it. The dying of the Dead Sea is a huge, under-reported, environmental disaster. It … Continue reading

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Time off during an excavation in Israel? Here’s what you can do.

Go to the Dead Sea. It offers war and peace, cleansing mud, swimming in both warm and cold water. You can be lifted up in the lowest place on Earth. The Dead Sea lies more than 1,400 feet below sea … Continue reading

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Can you identify the location of this photo?

My new header is a photo I took in Israel last summer. The water probably gives away my location to people who know the country. I remember the moment when I took this picture. Our group was enjoying a weekend … Continue reading

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