Can These Seeds Grow?

Can These Seeds Grow?

Eight years ago, I wrote about the near miraculous resurrection of a Judean date palm from seeds that were, at the time, thought to be almost 2,000 years old. The seeds were found in 1963 in a collapsed storeroom in the desert stronghold of Masada, built by Herod “the...
Death, Taxes and a Surprising Find

Death, Taxes and a Surprising Find

Taxes have been around since the emergence of urban civilization but weren’t always paid in coinage, checks or bank drafts. Many ancient Hebrews paid their taxes in the form of grain, wine or olive oil, which were then stored in large pottery jars, typically holding...
A bad day frozen in time

A bad day frozen in time

Archaeologists from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte recently announced that they and Israeli colleagues in the “Mount Zion Archaeological Project” have uncovered poignant remains from the brutal day Babylonian soldiers pillaged the city of...
Maybe, maybe not

Maybe, maybe not

Christianity Today recently released a list of “Top Ten” archaeological discoveries in 2018, and several important things were announced during the year, though some of them had been found earlier. On the first day of 2018, for example, Israeli...