Heading to Sicily!

As many of you already know, I'm about to leave the country for four months. In just a few days I'll be heading out to Sicily to excavate at Mokarta—a Late Bronze Age site and a site I hope to use for my dissertation. A few weeks after this excavation is complete, I'll jump over to Cyprus to excavate at Dreamer's Bay with the University of Leicester and Operation Nightengale. Finally, I'll fly back to Sicily and either excavate at San Miceli or attempt to finish my analysis of the pottery of Mokarta. A couple of problems already exist...of course. First, the scheduled dig for Mokarta is, er, unscheduled at this time. We don't yet know when it will begin! Oh well...I will have access to the

Translatability of the Gods

Have you ever noticed the strong similarity between many of the gods in the Ancient Near East? There's a reason for that. This is what Mark Smith calls the "translatability of the gods" in his book God in Translation: Deities in Cross-Cultural Discourse in the Biblical World. The idea is simply this, as cultures collide, they share their beliefs. We find examples all throughout the ANE. In a poem describing Ramesses II's battle of Kadesh, we find the phrase, "I was like Seth in his time (of might)." We find the same poem at a different location with the name Montu, and we find a third copy with the name Ba'al. All three poems written about the same event, but they use two Egyptian gods and o

Sidon: Ancient Phoenician City

Located in Lebanon, or the Phoenician coast, north of Tyre and south of Beroth/Beirut. The city was prominent in both Old and New Testaments, with Joshua including it in the land promised to Israel. Location and dates of existence According to Genesis 10:19, Sidon was the northern border of ancient Canaan, and thus a Canaanite city. It was later (Genesis 49:13) consider the border of Zebulun. Joshua (Josh 13:6) included the city in the promised land, and given to Asher (Josh 19:28) but never realized (Judges 1:31; 3:3). (Byers, Tyre and Sidon) Archaeologically, the site existed possibly from the Neolithic period up until modern times. Unlike her sister cities, there is no myth surrounding th

Biblical Chronology

The arrangement of both dates and events within the biblical narrative. The sequencing of the biblical data may be determined by combining biblical textual, extra-biblical textual, and material evidences. The Biblical Framework The chronological framework of the Bible can be difficult to understand, particularly in the early periods. Because there is so little known concerning the distant past history of humanity, the chronologist may have little to go on. While the biblical text defines our past for us, when taken out of its ancient Near Eastern context the chronological information has often been misunderstood. Because of this, the language of the biblical text must be coupled with a prope

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