Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Apocalypse in the late-antique Negev?

ARCHAEOLOGY: A Perfect Storm: How Early Christian Farming in the Negev Collapsed. Israeli archaeologists date the remnants of flourishing agriculture in the desert and discover exactly when, and possibly why, it came to a bitter end (Ruth Schuster, Haaretz premium). Plague may have been a factor, which hits a bit close to home right now.

The site of Shivta has been in the news a lot in the last few years. This article is about a new study that ties much of the old information together with some new research and leads to some interesting conclusions. As for past PaleoJudaica posts, this one sets up the problem addressed in the current article. Then this one looks at the pre-disaster prosperity of the late-antique Negev. For the face of Jesus at Shivta, see here and links. And for the full trail of posts on Shivta, start here and just follow those links.

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