Make No Bones about It!

Make No Bones about ItAncient trash reveals the eating habits of Jews 2,000 years ago

Sometimes archaeologists discover more or less what we would expect, or so it seemed from a recent news story. It was reported that Tel Aviv University archaeologists, investigating Bayis Sheini-period Jerusalem, had discovered evidence that Jews of that era were eating lots of sheep and goats, smaller numbers of chickens and cows, and guess what—no pork. The study was based on an analysis of some 5,700 animal bones excavated in the area of the City of David (officially Area D3, termed the Southern Cut).

The project was part of a general trend to turn towards aspects of daily life in archaeological research. In fact, all over the world archaeologists have been turning to garbage as a source for information about how people lived. In this excavation, the archaeologists, led by Tel Aviv University’s Dr. Yuval Gadot, were even able to determine that the animals tended to be older, hence less expensive, and not the best cuts of meat available on the market. They therefore concluded that the garbage had not come from the city’s elite but rather from more simple people. Moreover, because pigeon bones were absent, they also… Continue reading

Another Example of Fake News

IS IT MIGDAL BAVEL, OR IS IT JUST ANOTHER ZIGGURAT?

Another Example of Fake NewsThere is fake news, old news, and exaggerated news. Put all three together and you have the report entitled “Tower of Babel Discovered? Ancient Tablet Describes Mesopotamian Structure Built by ‘Multitudes.’”

Why is it fake news? Because the report wants you to believe that what has been discovered is the biblical Migdal Bavel, the Tower of Babel described in Bereishis (11:1-9). Why is it old news? Because the Ziggurat (Mesopotamian temple tower) of Babylon has been known for over a century, and an ancient image of that tower was published in 2011. Why is it exaggerated news? Because it describes a tower built by King Nevuchadnetzar II, the Babylonian king who destroyed the Beis Hamikdash, and therefore cannot possibly refer to the Torah’s Migdal Bavel, which dates back to the time after the mabul.

Read the rest of the article from Ami Magazine.

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Judaism, Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Thursday, October 19 | 7:00 pm
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Congregation Temple Israel
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