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by Dr. David Schreiner Mt. Ebal tops out just above 3,000 feet above sea level. If you live near the Rocky Mountains or any other significant mountain range, you may snicker at this height. However, in ancient Israel this was the highest location in the country. Yet Mt. Ebal’s importance transcends topography. Symbolically, it stared...
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by Dr. David Schreiner Earlier this summer, the excavators of ancient Ashkelon (…of dreaded Philistine fame) announced the discovery a Philistine cemetery. The importance of this find can be articulated in a variety of ways (see my brief blog reaction here), but for the purposes of this entry, let’s focus on the reality that people...
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by Dr. David Schreiner There are a number of things an archaeologist considers when he or she is trying to determine where to dig. One consideration is that of travel routes. Find a travel route—better yet find the intersection of travel routes—and you will likely find a location that yields large amounts of material culture,...
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by Dr. David Schreiner At the end of my last posting, I mentioned that the Tel Dan Stele shifted a conversation from whether King David was mythical to the nature of his kingdom. I also mentioned that this was a positive thing, because it forced scholarship to wrestle anew with the dynamics of ancient history writing...
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by Dr. Matt Friedeman “Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Cor. 9:25) At the NCAA Track and Field...
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by Dr. David Schreiner When you are on an archaeological dig, you look at and through everything. I mean everything. Why? Because you just don’t know what you are going to find. Archaeologists don’t just look at the dirt below their feet. They look at the dirt on the walls of the balks. They also...
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by Dr. Becky Luman   Prison Mondays Most Mondays I have the privilege of teaching a Bible study for female inmates at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. We recently discussed God’s love for us as shown in forgiveness and how the Holy Spirit cultivates in our hearts the ability to forgive others. Then, a woman asked,...
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by Dr. David Schreiner The earliest archaeologists in the Middle East were crude. They did not utilize any fine-tuned system of excavation, and their goals often centered on the pursuit of a priceless find. They would descend upon a site, work abrasively, and hope that they would find something of value in the truckloads of...
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by Dr. Matt Friedeman My denomination has something at the district level called the “Board of Ministry.”  This is a group of ordained pastors who interview budding candidates for ordination in their quest to attain the positions of “deacon” or “elder.” These candidates undergo a minimum of four interviews spanning four consecutive years, though the process...
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by Dr. David Schreiner [Click here to view the introduction to this series.] When I ask students about the purpose of archaeology, I count on receiving a few answers in one form or another. “To prove that the Bible is true!” “To find something really valuable!” I am not surprised by such answers, because most...
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