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The tomb of Jesus (First part)

Three years ago on the english newspaper “The Independent” appeared an article on the famous and very disputed question of the supposed “Jesus’ family tomb” found at Talpiot, Jerusalem. Before to discuss the position of the author – Aryeh Shimron – I want to publish an article where I offer an…

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Is Archaeology in conflict with Bible?

The archaeologist Dr. Gabi Barkay came to Israel at age 6 with his mother and father, on board the ship Kommemiyut, one of the ships that smuggled Jewish immigrants into Mandate Palestine. This was the vessel’s last voyage bringing Jewish immigrants to Israel before it was sold to iron traders.…

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The house of Jesus at Jerusalem

“Bethany is clearly to be identified with the modern Palestinian village of el-Azariyeh since it is situaed about 3 kilometers to the southest of Jesrualem – which roughly fits the distance of 15 stadia mentioned in John – or a forty-minute ride on horseback. The modern name el-Azariyeh is a…

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Ancient Mesopotamian and Canaanite civilization (Second part)

At its height Sargon’s and his descendants’ empire stretched from the Persian coast to the Syrian shores of the Mediterranean. However, this kingdom collapsed in about 2200 BC through invasion and internal conflict. Among the new arrivals in Mesopotamia were the Amorites, who dwelt in Mesopotamian cities such as Mari…

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Ancient Mesopotamian and Canaanite civilization (First part)

The rise of ancient Mesopotamian civilization occurred at the end of the fourth millenium in southern Mesopotamia alongside the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, where the Sumerians created city states, each with its local god. In Uruk there were two main temples: one was for Anu, the god of heaven; the…

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The Ancient Egypt and the Exodus (First part)

Paralleling the rise of Mesopotamian civilization, Egyptian culture reached great heights in the third millenium. In c. 3000 BC an Upper Egyptian, Narmer, conquered Low Egypt, unifying both portions of the land. With the the collapse of the Old Kingdom in c. 2200 BC Egypt suffered political anarchy and civil…

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The Biblical city of Sodom (Second part): has it been found?

Until recently, the biblical city of Sodom and Gomorrah were identified with Bab edh-Dhra and Numeira. It was just a guess, by the way not entirely likely because of their age too old. Moreover the localization of Bab edh-Dhra and Numeira does not coincide with what the Bible story said (Gen 13-19).…

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The Storm God Baal

Probably all of you have heard speaking about “Baal”, the Canaanite divinity fiery opposed by the prophets (see e.g. Jeremy chap. 2, verse 23). Baal is an hebrew word borrowed by Phoenicians, and it was the storm’s god  worshipped by Canaanites before the Israelites conquest of the Promised Land. We…

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