Current Events Articles: August 2010

Bible and Spade Sneak Preview posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

In the next few days, the Summer 2010 issue of Bible and Spade will be shipped out to our members and subscribers all around the world. This issue of Bible and Spade presents a panorama of topics related to the New Testament. Brian Janeway explores the various sites in and around Damascus from the life of the Apostle Paul, as described in the book of Acts. He helps us connect the historical accounts of Paul’s life with locations in modern Damascus. Gordon Franz and Ernie McGinnis explain the mystery behind miniature metal skeletons and their relationship to Epicurean philosophy and the writings of the Apostle Paul. We gain fascinating insights to the biblical (Isaiah 22:13) and common expression, “eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” David Hansen provides an excellent overview of the Sea of Galilee, explaining many fascinating details, especially in regards to Jesus’ ministry. Included in this issue is Part 2 of David Graves’ insightful article entitled, Jesus Speaks to Seven of His Churches. As we read these articles the New Testament comes to life, as the archaeological and geographical research presented elucidates the Scriptures, providing clear evidence that the biblical accounts are true in all their details.

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Hellenistic Cave Paintings Found at Petra posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Spectacular 2,000-year-old Hellenistic-style wall paintings have been revealed at the world heritage site of Petra through the expertise of British conservation specialists. The paintings, in a cave complex, had been obscured by centuries of black soot, smoke and greasy substances, as well as graffiti.

Experts from the Courtauld Institute in London have now removed the black grime, uncovering paintings whose "exceptional" artistic quality and sheer beauty are said to be superior even to some of the better Roman paintings at Herculaneum that were inspired by Hellenistic art.

Extracts From Cyrus Cylinder Found in China posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Two fossilised horse bones with cuneiform inscriptions have been found in China, carved with extracts from the Cyrus Cylinder. They were initially dismissed as fakes because of the improbability of ancient Persian texts turning up in Beijing. But following new research, British Museum (BM) specialist Irving Finkel is now convinced of their authenticity.

Temple Found in Philistine City of Gath posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Archaeologists have uncovered a Philistine temple and evidence of a major earthquake in biblical times, during digs carried out at the Tel Tzafit National Park near Kiryat Gat. The site is home to the Philistine city of Gath, the home of the ancient warrior Goliath.

Cunieform Tablet from the Middle Bronze Age Found at Hazor posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

For the first time in Israel, a document has been uncovered containing a law code that parallels portions of the famous Code of Hammurabi. The code is written on fragments of a cuneiform tablet, dating from the 18th-17th centuries B.C. in the Middle Bronze Age, that were found in Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeological excavations this summer at Hazor, south of Kiryat Shmonah, in northern Israel.

ABR has had the distinct pleasure of participating in the Hazor excavations in recent years. Small ABR tour groups were sent to excavate in the mid 2000's, ABR Director of Development Henry Smith excavated in Hazor in 2007, and ABR Associate Titus Kennedy has been involved in the Hazor Excavations for several seasons. ABR staff archaeologist Gordon Franz has been at Hazor for several seasons as well.

Dr. Amnon Ben Tor, Director of the Hazor Excavations, shows off the cunieform fragment.

Courtesy: Arutz Sheva.

Media Pictures for ABR's Search for Joshua's Ai posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The pictures in this slideshow are the property of the Associates for Biblical Research. They are free for use in private, non-profit educational forums and for media relations. Any other use is strictly prohibited without express written consent of the Associates for Biblical Research, copyright 2010.

The Search for Joshua's Ai Pictures for Media

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