Fiscal Bullae: The ‘Missing Link’ Between Rosettes and Mwshs?

I had my suspicions the lmlk bullae dated to the time of Josiah (on a number of grounds). I also had my suspicions the Rosette system dated to late in the reign of Mannaseh. I now think I have reconciled these ideas and, thus, I can suggest the chief reason no stamped jar-handles date to … Continue reading “Fiscal Bullae: The ‘Missing Link’ Between Rosettes and Mwshs?”

“The Archaeology of the Days of Manasseh” and the Date of the Rosette Jar-Marks

The “Archaeology of the Days of Manasseh” was a concept developed in the late 1980s which, in effect, argues for a revival of Judah in the E. and S. largely due to Manasseh’s integration of Judah into the New Assyrian Order, even though the Shephelah never fully regained its population until the Hasmonean era. Thus, … Continue reading ““The Archaeology of the Days of Manasseh” and the Date of the Rosette Jar-Marks”

Rosettes and Judah’s Districts

Remember my oh-so ingenious idea MMST was located in the Gedor/Halhul district? I suspect it has a possible new application, but now as an explanation for the distribution of Rosette stamp impressions. Looking at this paper, I noticed that most Rosette impressions were located at Jerusalem, Ramat Rahel, Lachish, and Azekah. I had already known … Continue reading “Rosettes and Judah’s Districts”

This Land Is Mine-A Few Comments

Since any comments I will make on the viral (and non-copyrighted) video “This Land is Mine” by cartoonist Nina Paley will most assuredly be buried in the comments section, I have decided it would be appropriate to post my remarks on it here. Firstly, while there was direct confrontation between the Egyptian and Assyrian Empires … Continue reading “This Land Is Mine-A Few Comments”

Jim West Gets Mentioned by the BBC, Israel Finkelstein Publishes Some Articles Online

I’m telling you, folks, if you wish to be kept up to speed in the world of archaeology as it relates to the Bible, create a Google alert for yourself on Israel Finkelstein. Today (word coming from Jim West), Israel Finkelstein has published some papers of his online. The first, on Amarna Shechem, is from … Continue reading “Jim West Gets Mentioned by the BBC, Israel Finkelstein Publishes Some Articles Online”

Lachish, Mareshah, and Beit Guvrin

Throughout the ages, from the Early Bronze Age even unto today, there has always been a tendency for an important regional center in the Lachish-Mareshah-Beit Guvrin area to exist. This is due to the need for a transportation route between the Coastal Plain and Hill Country and the rich resources the soil of the Southern … Continue reading “Lachish, Mareshah, and Beit Guvrin”

A Look at The Jericho Area

Thankfully, the survey maps of the Jericho area have been published. Let us see what they contain. There are four late 7th C BC settlements mentioned in Joshua 18: 21 Jericho and Beth-hoglah and Emek-keziz, 22 and Beth-arabah. Beth-Hoglah is to be identified with site 23, as that site is only 1.4 km from Deir … Continue reading “A Look at The Jericho Area”

“Most Favored Vassal Status” and the Reconstruction of Lachish

While reading TBU for what must be a fourth or fifth time, I found that, curiously enough, apparently sometime after 701 BC (either in the reigns of Esarhaddon or Ashurbanipal), Judah only paid ten minas of silver, while Ammon had to pay two gold minas and Moab had to pay one gold mina. This suggested … Continue reading ““Most Favored Vassal Status” and the Reconstruction of Lachish”

Libnah, Moresheth-Gath, and Eglon

The last time I did a post on Libnah, I was insufficiently thorough in my discussion of the options. I shall revise my mistake here. Libnah, revolting from Judah to join Gath in 849 BC, was unlikely to have been at Tel ‘Erani (see map) or to its W., as Biblical tradition in Samuel attests … Continue reading “Libnah, Moresheth-Gath, and Eglon”

Part of the Mystery Regarding Royal Shephelah Pottery Solved!

By looking at 1 Chronicles 4:23. The fact the royal potteries mentioned in the text are located just on the edges of the Elah valley (as the Tel Socoh website states regarding the petrographic origin of the lmlk jars!) makes it ever more likely Gederoth (Khirbet Judraya, 31°41’19″N, 34°59’46″E) and Netaim (Khirbet Nuweitih, 31°40’43″N, 34°56’26″E) were the … Continue reading “Part of the Mystery Regarding Royal Shephelah Pottery Solved!”