Lecture on Tell es-Safi/Gath at the Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem, Feb. 20th, 2019

On Wednesday evening, Feb. 20th, 2019, I will be giving a lecture, in Hebrew, at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, on the results of the recent seasons of excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath. In the lecture, I will focus, in particular, on the finds from the lower city.

So, if you’re in the region – you are invited!


Great book on early 2nd Millennium BCE Mesopotamia (in Hebrew)

If you read Hebrew, an excellent book on the history of Mesopotamia in the early 2nd Millennium BCE has appeared:

Wasserman, N., and Block, Y. 2019. The Amorites: Mesopotamia in the Early Second Millennium BCE (In Hebrew). Jerusalem: Carmel.

Hopefully, an English version will appear in the future.

Check it out!

Workshop on producing ancient coins – BIU, Feb. 21, 2019

On Thursday, February 21, 2019 (11:00-13:00), a very interesting workshop will be held at Bar-Ilan University – on the production of ancient coins – replicating ancient production technologies.

The workshop will be led by Yeshu Drei – who is an expert on recreating ancient technologies.

The workshop is open to all!

See more details in the following PDF:

Coin production workshop_BIU Feb 21_2019

Final Lesson of the MOOC is online!

Today (Wed., Feb. 6, 2019) the 8th and final lesson of the MOOC on biblical archaeology went online. You can still register, and study, this round of the course until Feb. 20th. Those who sign up before that date will have access (full access for those who register for certification, and partial access [only to video clips] for those who register for auditing only).

All told, close to 2400 students registered from the course, from all over the world!

The MOOC will run again in the first semester of the next academic year at BIU (which starts in Oct. 2019). At that time, I hope we will have captions for the videos in English, Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Russian and French – and perhaps a few additional languages as well.

So – if you missed registering and doing the MOOC this time – you’ll have another opportunity in a few months!

I had a lot of fun preparing this MOOC, had some great help from my assistants and the technical team of “Online Academe” – and from the responses of many of the participants – they had a great and enriching experience as well!


Video clip about Tell es-Safi/Gath

A video clip on Tell es-Safi/Gath, which appeared on i24News has been posted on Youtube. In it, the tour guide Arieh O’Sullivan gives a tour of the site, from biblical to modern periods.

The best part of the video is of course in the very beginning, when Tell es-Safi/Gath is called (0:10) – “the greatest biblical site in the Holy Land“!! I’ll buy that! :-)

While there are things, here and there, that I would have presented differently (;-), you do get a very nice view of different parts of the site (and when the site is very green), and discussions on different parts of the site’s history.

Check it out!