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Conquest of Canaan

Archaeological and historical articles dealing with the validity of the Conquest narratives of the Old Testament, circa 1406 BC.


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 Eve Harow interviews Dr. Scott Stripling and Dr. Shivi Drori at the 10th Annual Binyamin Conference. Scott elaborated on his methodology while digging at Shilo; how he went paperless and the measurably astounding advantages of wet sifting over dry. Shivi shares new information on the indigenous grapes and wines of the Land of Israel and the cutting edge research at his lab at Ariel University in Samaria which will have global ramifications. Exciting things happening in the area where Rachel Imeinu’s offspring received their inheritance so long ago. Come see- and taste- for yourselves.

 Listen to the interview using the links below:

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After the Tabernacle was moved from the vicinity of Gilgal in the Jordan Valley to Shiloh in the Hill Country (Jos 18:1), seven tribes remained “who had not yet received their inheritance” (Jos 18:2).

ABR Associate and Khirbet el-Maqatir dig staff member, Dr. Brian Peterson, recently had a detailed article published in the Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin (Vol. 61, 2016) about the ram's head figurine his team discovered. The full article, "The Kh. el-Maqatir Ram’s Head: Evidence of the Israelite Destruction of Ai?" (PDF) can be downloaded here:


Abstract: The discovery of decapitated stone figurines at Hazor under the directorships of both Yigael Yadin in the 1950s and 1960s and Amnon Ben-Tor starting in the 1990s has been used by both scholars to identify the Israelites as the nation most likely responsible for the destruction of the LB IIB (Stratum 1A) city of Hazor. Recently, a severed bronze ram’s head from a figurine of Egyptian influence was unearthed on the Benjamin Plateau at the site of Khirbet El-Maqatir (a proposed site of biblical Ai) in a LB IB context. The connections between the ram-headed figurine, the Eighteenth Dynasty (especially the reign of Amenhotep II), and the Egyptian gods Khnum and Amun, along with the LB IB archaeological context, may call into question the majority date of the Israelite conquest of Canaan.

An inscription in modern day Sudan contains the oldest known reference to the God of Israel, 'Yahweh.' Soleb, a temple dedicated to the god Amon-Re, was built by the Pharaoh Amenhotep III in ca. 1400 BC. Today it is located in the nation of Sudan, on the left bank of the Nile about 135 miles south of Wadi-Halfa.

Whew!!! We finished the three weeks of excavations and even added an additional day. As was previously noted in our weekly reports, the dig season revealed many great features and artifacts that assist in understanding the society of the various occupational levels at Khirbet el-Maqatir. Everything from the walls revealed, the pottery re-constructed, the objects photographed, and even the color of the soil excavated provide clues to help reconstruct the biblical past. But, now it is time to branch out from Maqatir and get that bigger picture of the Bible that only comes from visiting the places we read about in Scripture. But where to start?

The third week of our final season ended in a fashion typical of final days at Maqatir over the past few years. Silos, underground networks of tunnels, mosaic floors, and coins from a variety of eras all came to light in the last few days of our dig season...

The days have blended together this week. We added an extra dig day Sunday due to our rained out day last week. Everyone was a bit unsure what day it actually was, but this we do know: It's now the weekend!...

The first week of our 2016 season was different than our normal first week


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