Biblical Archaeology: “Virtual” Unwrapping of Levitical Scroll

One of the earliest manuscripts of the Old Testament was revealed by researchers at the University of Kentucky.  This scroll, which contains portions of the book of Leviticus, was discovered in 1970, but was unreadable because it suffered from fire damage 1,500 years ago.  Modern technology made it possible to scan and “virtually” unwrap itContinue reading “Biblical Archaeology: “Virtual” Unwrapping of Levitical Scroll”

Biblical Archaeology: City of Gezer

A palace has been discovered at the biblical city of Gezer that dates to the 10th century BC, the era usually associated with King Solomon.  Gezer has been excavated off and on since the 1990s, but this past season of archaeological efforts has produced evidence of a Philistine presence in the city as recorded inContinue reading “Biblical Archaeology: City of Gezer”

Biblical Archaeology: Philistine Cemetery

Possibly the first Philistine cemetery has been discovered at Ashkelon, Israel.  They have been excavating this known Philistine city for decades, but have just recently uncovered a burial site which could answer many questions concerning the origins and life of the Philistines, the biblical archenemy of the Israelites.  Ashkelon, was a major Philistine city inContinue reading “Biblical Archaeology: Philistine Cemetery”

Biblical Archaeology: Ancient Shopping List Provides Evidence of When Bible Was Written

Who would have thought that a shopping list on some pottery fragments would reveal when the Old Testament was possibly written. Here is the issue: Some skeptics state that low literacy rates in ancient Israel  would prohibit the Old Testament from being written prior to the Babylonian captivity and that it was invented during theContinue reading “Biblical Archaeology: Ancient Shopping List Provides Evidence of When Bible Was Written”

Biblical Archeaology: Hezekiah Bulla

A clay seal stamped with Hezekiah’s name was found recently (actually, it was excavated in 2009, but its significance was just recently discovered).  This royal seal, that would be impressed upon scrolls, is over 2,700 years old.  It clearly has the imprint of Hezekiah’s name upon it, measuring only about a centimeter across. Bible HistoryContinue reading “Biblical Archeaology: Hezekiah Bulla”