Current Events Articles: February 2011

Anson Rainey Passes Away at Age 81 posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

For more on Rainey's career, see:

Note: Dr. Rainey and ABR founder Dr. Livingston vigorously debated the location of Bethel in the 1970's. Rainey challenged David Livingston's conclusion that Bethel had been misidentified by scholars at Beitin. David concluded that Bethel should be at El-Bireh, while Dr. Rainey vigorously disagreed. David graciously showed that Dr. Rainey's conclusions were in error. We extend our sympathies to the Rainey family in this time of loss.

Bible and Spade Sneak Preview Winter 2011 posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

This issue of Bible and Spade focuses on the archaeological research and field work being conducted by ABR at Khirbet el-Maqatir, Israel, in The Search for Joshua's Ai. Henry and Birzavit Smith share their experience as diggers during the 2010 season. Dr. Bryant Wood provides readers with an overview of the work completed since ABR returned to Israel in 2009 after a nine year hiatus. We are featuring a reprint of an important article by ABR's founder, Dr. David Livingston, entitled: Locating Biblical Bethel. This important and groudbreaking research remains critical in finding the correct location of Joshua's Ai, AND refuting the critics who undermine the history of Scripture. In addition, Dr. Scott Stripling provides readers with a brief report on the excavation that took place in January 2011 of the Byzantine Monastery at Khirbet el-Maqatir.

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Has the Tomb of the Prophet Zechariah Been Found? posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Various scholars who visited the site during the excavation proposed identifying the place as the residence and tomb of the prophet Zechariah.

Church Discovered in Laodicea posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

At a very early period, the city of Laodicea became one of the chief seats of Christianity, and the see of a bishop. Laodicea receives passing mention in the epistle to the Colossians and is one of the seven churches of Asia mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

Israeli Archaeologist Eilat Mazar Uses the Bible as Her Guide posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Famed for discovering King David’s palace in 2005, Dr. Eilat Mazar is a solid supporter of the Bible’s role in Israeli archaeology. “What is amazing about the Bible is that very often we see that it is very accurate and sometimes amazingly accurate."

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