3 Cities, 2 Battles, 1 Rallying Cry: What Archaeology and Geography Teach Us

Tel Gezer, Israel. Source: commons.wikimedia.org

David fought many battles, but there is one that stands out in the memory of the Israelites. After David was anointed king and he conquered Jerusalem and made it his capital, the Philistines came to the outskirts of the city and attacked twice. Both times God delivered David.  [Read more…]

Israel’s First Capital Is Not Where You Might Think

Shiloh, an ancient city in Samaria, was the major Israelite place of worship
before the First Temple was built in Jerusalem.

 

By Scott Stripling

The ruins of ancient Shiloh, first identified by the American explorer Edward Robinson in 1838, lie 18 miles north of Jerusalem at Khirbet Seilun, just west of the modern town of Shiloh and south of ancient Lebonah. [Read more…]

Is Joshua’s Altar on Mount Ebal in Israel Myth? Or Reality?

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Mount Gerizim, Schechem, Mount Ebal in Israel

By Ralph K. Hawkins

Toward the end of Deuteronomy, Moses tells the Israelites that, after they cross the Jordan River into the land of Canaan, one of the first things they are to do is build an altar on Mount Ebal and renew their covenant with the LORD (Deut 27:1–8). The book of Joshua reports the fulfillment of that command: Joshua leads the Israelites to Mount Ebal where they build the altar and offer burnt offerings and peace offerings upon it (Josh 8:30–35). [Read more…]

16 Excavation Sites in Israel You Need to Know

The pool of Siloam at the end of Hezekiah’s tunnel on the southern slope of the City of David, Jerusalem

By David B. Schreiner

Israel is bursting with biblical archaeology excavation sites, and flocks of graduate students, professional researchers, and laypeople visit the country every summer to join the demanding but rewarding work of excavation. Some sites, like Tel Shimron, are relatively new, while others, such as Megiddo, boast decades of continual excavation. This map shows a selection of key biblical archaeology sites within the modern borders of Israel. These locations (listed below from south to north, roughly) have proven to be extremely important for understanding the culture of ancient Israel. [Read more…]