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|Found in 2008 by archaeologists excavating at Khirbet Qeiyafa, a fortified city near Bethlehem occupied around the time of King David, this message written on clay is the oldest Hebrew inscription yet discovered, dating to around 1000 B.C.E. (Sebastian Scheiner/AP)||Despite containing only 14 lines of script, the Tel Dan Stela has become one of the most important recent discoveries in biblical archaeology. It is the oldest non-biblical text to refer to the kingdom of Israel and the only one to refer to the House of David. (Israel Museum, Jerusalem)||The Dome of the Rock, built over the rubble of Solomon’s and Herod’s Temple, rises above the old City of David. (Zev Radovan)|
|The widespread use of tetradrachm coins like this one featuring Antiochus IV Epiphanes symbolized the increasing Hellenization of the Seleucid empire. Jewish law forbade such “graven images” of men and animals. (Zev Radovan)||A papyrus dating to ca 160 C.E. with part of the census return from “Paesis, son of Nebteichis,” a Roman citizen of the province of Egypt. (Papyrus Collection, University of Michigan)||This fragment of the Gospel of John dates to the second half of the first century of the current era and is the oldest existing copy of any book in the New Testament. (The John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester)||A pair of fish, an early symbol of Christ, adorn the mosaic floor at the Megiddo church, Israel. (David Silverman/Getty)|
Excellent historical background to the Scriptures, told through short chapters and highlighted by plenty photos of tangible, archaeological artifacts which both make the past... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael D.
It looks really good. Beautiful illustrations. Very inviting to look at. Have been too busy yet to really spend time with it.Published 14 months ago by Barbara Keller
the oldest fragment of any gospel to date is dated in the first half of the second century around 125 while under the picture of the fragment of the gospel of john it states second... Read morePublished 21 months ago by SouthpawRal
Some experts they are! The images of one Hebrew (p 245)and one Aramaic scroll (p 184) are published UPSIDE DOWN.Published on December 13, 2009 by JNK