Today, I had the opportunity to once again spend a day with Simcha Jacobovici, the “Naked Archaeologist”, who with his team toured (some of) Tell es-Safi/Gath with me.
As usual, this was a fun day, as Simcha has the perfect combination of razor sharp intelligence, a great sense of humour, and an especially healthy dose of the lunatic fringe! :-)
Discussions with him are always lively and interesting, and since he does make some very wide ranging connection and conclusions, at times quite challenging – making one think over the “standard” answers.
Yes, I know, some of my colleagues don’t appreciate him (to say the least), but as I have argued before, he does stir up a lot of interest in archaeology, Bible and related issues, and does have the courage to look at things from what at times is a very alternative, but nevertheless, often compelling perspective.
On the tell, we spoke about a variety of things, focussing, mostly, but not only, on aspects relating to the Philistines.