Friday, 11 January 2013

Top Ten Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology in 2012

Each year several dozen institutional archaeological excavations and multiple more salvage excavations take place in the lands of the Bible. Some excavations draw attention because of the exciting dimensions of their discoveries. Many more compile important information from less dynamic discoveries that help us better understand the biblical world in its social context.
Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, erected in 8...
Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, erected in 825 BC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Fr Stephen Smuts, a Priest (TAC) / EMS Chaplain in Cape Town, South Africa, listed some of the most exciting discoveries announced in the past year, taken from the news digests of ARTIFAX magazine, and reported on The Book & The Spade radio program.

> Top Ten Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology in 2012

  1. Huqoq Synagogue Mosaic depicting Samson tying the tails of foxes together and also shows two faces around an inscription. This synagogue dates several centuries after the time of Christ and is expected to provide new information about the development of synagogues in the Galilee.
  2. Cult Shrines from Khirbet Qeiyafa  
    English: Jugs in Situ, Khirbet Qeiyafa, archae...
    English: Jugs in Situ, Khirbet Qeiyafa, archaeology site excavation, Israel ca. 2009 עברית: קנקן אשר נמצא באתרו בחפירה בח'ירבת קייאפה, ליד בית שמש בישראל בחפירה באתר אוגוסט 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  3. First Temple Period Reservoir
  4. Bethlehem Bullah
  5. Jerusalem Seal  “Belonging to Matanyahu Ben Ho,”
  6. An Egyptian scarab found in Jerusalem
  7. The Kiryat Gat Hoard
  8. The Neo Hittite sculpture at Tel Tayinat  recording events of the reign of Suppiluliuma, who probably faced Shalmaneser III in 858 BC.
  9. 3400-year old wheat from Hazor in 14 clay jugs
  10. Akko’s Hellenistic Harbor
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