Saturday, December 29, 2018

More biblical archaeology 2018 top-ten lists


Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2018 (Gordon Govier, Christianity Today);

Top Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology 2018 (Christopher Eames, Watch Jerusalem).

I think PaleoJudaica has noted, and often commented on, all the the discoveries in both lists. See the archives.

Meanwhile, Brent Nategaal is unhappy that the Isaiah bulla (clay seal impression) is not getting more attention in the end-of-year lists: Another Big Year for Biblical Archaeology, but Not for the Prophet Isaiah?

The Watch Jerusalem article above (also sponsored by The Trumpet) makes up the lack. But so does the Christianity Today article.

I agree with Mr. Nategaal that the Isaiah bulla belongs in the top ten discoveries for 2018. But, that said, I don't think he fairly represents the pros and cons of the seal belonging to the prophet Isaiah himself, rather than to another Isaiah (it was a common name) son of Nobay. If the latter, we also have the seal of his brother, Oreb. See here and links, especially the link to Remnant of Giants.

Be that as it may, the bulla is a very important discovery. For many other past posts on it, start here and follow the links.

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