Thursday, August 27, 2020

Equal time for et-Tell as Bethsaida

ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSERTION: Biblical village of Bethsaida where Jesus fed the 5,000, walked on water and helped a blind man to see is finally identified by archaeologists after 32 years of excavations (Michael Havis, Daily Mail).

This article presents a robustly confident case for the identification of et-Tell as the ancient city of Bethsaida. Only near the end does it mention the contending side, el-Araj.

This might seem a bit imbalanced, but the article seems to be in response to another Mail piece from early June. It reported on the flooding of El-Araj, which it presented with comparable robust confidence as the site of Bethsaida.

I didn't link to that Mail article, but I did publish a couple of posts on the flooding of el-Araj here and here in May. Follow the links from there for lots of posts on both sites and the debate.

The two Mail articles give a good account of both perspectives. Both cases sound entirely convincing to me. I take no position on the question. I blog, you decide.

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