Khirbet Qeiyafa Inscription

31 10 2008

The site of Kh. Qeiyafa was a fortress in the 10th century BCE and is located between Azekah and Socoh in the Elah Valley.  A very impressive site which has now offered up a potentially monumentally important inscription.  An ostracon (sherd with ink writing) was found with 50 letters in Proto-Canaanite divided over five lines.  The words “judge”, “slave”, and “king” have all been deciphered.  For a thorough set of links go to Todd Bolen’s blog and for a more detailed, scholarly discussion of the inscription go to the ANE-2 list on yahoo.

Update:  SNL Weekend update had a joke about the find, calling the investigation CS:Oy.  Somewhat clever although they referred to the location as the place where David fought Goliath.





Happy Halloween!

30 10 2008





Rare Seal Found

30 10 2008

A 7th century BCE seal was found in excavations being carried out by the IAA next to the Temple Mount.  The seal is very cool, depicting an archaer and bearing the name Hagab.  The seal was found in a building dating to the same time period.  This area overlooked the Temple Mount and is located to its west.  The area would have been the edge of what Josephus later would call the Upper City, where the priestly and upper class lived.





8 Years Later

24 10 2008

A really clever parody, with all the same guys as in the original Budweiser (wazzzup) commercials.

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SNL: Update Thursday: Bush Endorsement

24 10 2008

Oh how I have missed Will Ferrell’s Bush, classic stuff.

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Ron Howard’s Call To Action

23 10 2008

This is for those of you who were fans of The Andy Griffith Show or Happy Days. Quite enjoyable, whatever your political persuasion might be.

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The Changing Narrative of John McCain

23 10 2008

A fascinating article in the New York Times Magazine on the making and remaking of John McCain throughout the course of his presidential run.  An absolute must read, a real behind the scenes look at the process of creating an image for a campaign.  We will just have to wait and see what the end result will be.