Discovering Physical Evidence of Biblical Daily Life – Part4


Limestone Jars at Cana Kazrin The limestone Kosher objects: during the second Temple period and Jesus’ time, the Jews believed that stone objects remained pure despite coming into contact with impure elements. Therefore, limestone wares were commonly used by Jews including the Pharisees and Sadducees to remain pure before God. The limestone objects for Kosher […]

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Israel Government Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem


Recently I was privileged to attend the Christian Media Summit sponsored by the Israeli government. A fantastic initiative inviting the Christian media from around the world to Israel. The interest shown, and the response from so many media outlets answering the call to Israel demonstrates that there are real, true friends of Israel in the […]

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Discovering Physical Evidence of Biblical Daily Life – Part 3: The Widow’s Mite


The “Widow’s Mite”. The two small bronze coins mentioned in Luke 21:1-4 not only would have passed through the hands of the widow in the Temple mentioned by Jesus, but as a common coin, they would also have been commonplace throughout Israel in Jesus’ time. This coin is mentioned in the Greek text of the […]

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Discovering Physical Evidence of Biblical Daily Life – Part2: Ancient Oil Lamps


Lamps from Jesus’ Time.
An entire typology for antique oil lamps has been made in archeology. Like today, objects could be made to reflect luxury and style for wealthier clients but also could be kept basic and very simple for poorer people. Therefore the quality and beauty of an object such as an oil lamp […]

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The Bible Lands Museum: 10,000 Years of History Under One Roof

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When visiting Israel, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of museums and exhibitions. However, for the history lover and amateur archaeologist alike, there is no place quite like the Bible Lands Museum, situated adjacent to the Israel Museum and Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem. The Bible Lands Museum features a permanent […]

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Safety in Israel (part 2)


Last week I wrote in my article Safety in Israel (part 1) about how media bias and obsession with Israel distorts perception of danger levels in Israel. I quoted a former AP reporter’s testimony which stated that mainstream media has a political agenda in their reporting ( In continuing the conversation with the typical inquirer […]

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