The latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) arrived in my mailbox earlier this week and it is now time to write my traditional In the BAR post.
I don’t have the exact pictures that I need to help illustrate what caught my eye, but I will do my best to link pictures I have taken to what caught my eye in this issue.
The picture above is of the Jerusalem Model at the Israel Museum. This shows the Second Temple as it would have looked after being remodeled by Herod. The article is about the doorways of the First Temple or Solomon’s Temple.
The article is about a building model that was found at Khirbet Qeiyafa that has an elaborate door frame. The picture above is of Khirbet Qeiyafa and was taken from the bus as we drove through the Elah Valley. See my post The Shephela.
The building model has brought a better understanding of the Hebrew words mezuzah and mezuzot. I will not even begin to explain them, you need to read the article.
The article also shares a picture of a stone door frame with mezuzot that is part of the Temple Mount wall. The location of the door frame is just to the left of the arches shown in this picture. I searched my pictures and I didn’t take a picture of the exact place. Perhaps I can get a picture later this month.
This picture shows the Triple Gate of the Temple Mount.
I will also get to meet one of the authors of the article in just over a week. Yosef Garfinkel is one of the directors of the archaeological dig in Lachish that I will be participating in.
The Aleppo Codex is housed in the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem. Shown above is the exterior of the building. I was able to see the codex, but you are not allowed to take pictures inside of the building. Some of the Dead Sea Scrolls are also on display in the Shrine of the Book.
For more about the Israel Museum see my post Unfolding History.
There were also articles about Egyptian influence on Moses and The Gospel of Thomas, but they did not interest me as much as the other articles.
During the next month you will see a lot of posts about Israel, and specifically Lachish as that is where I will be wandering to.
I hope you enjoyed my quick look at what is in BAR this issue.
Here are the previous In the BAR posts: