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August 25, 2012
In the May/June 2012 BAR, epigrapher Christopher A. Rollston’s “What’s the Oldest Hebrew Inscription?” considered four contenders as candidates for the oldest Hebrew inscription. A new scholar’s study section features responses to Rollston’s article by by Khirbet Qeiyafa excavator Yosef Garfinkel and distinguished Israeli epigrapher Aaron Demsky.
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There are seven places in Israel where Jews depicted zodiac wheels, Helios, the four seasons and other symbols on mosaic floors. We have never found a zodiac in a Jewish context outside of Israel, and every zodiac found in Israel was in a synagogue.
Visitors to the Israel Museum’s Rescued from Fire: A Rare Remnant of the Aleppo Codex can now see a small fragment of the codex that was recently brought to light.
Researchers investigating pollen and charcoal in the Nile Delta revealed a connection between buried assemblages and a drought in ancient Egypt that precipitated the collapse of the Old Kingdom.
In a bizarre twist of the old and new, the Israeli reenactment park Kfar Kedem has attached Wi-Fi routers to five of their donkeys in an attempt to bring the ancient world up to modern standards.
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- Philistine Digs Define David and Solomon (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)
- Raiders of the Lost Relics (religiondispatches.org)
- Climate and Drought Lessons from Ancient Egypt (terradaily.com)