Sunday afternoon I attended two good sessions for a total of 10 papers or presentations. The first was on Biblical Lands and Peoples in Archaeology and Text. Ronny Reich of Haifa University spoke on the discovery of the road leading from the Pool of Siloam to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. I saw a portion of this street and the tunnel underneath it earlier this year.
Doron Ben-Ami of the Israel Antiquities Authority spoke about the Givati Garage excavation south of Dung Gate. The structure found there is very large and is thought to have belonged to the family of Queen Helena of Adiabene. You can find more information and photos here.
One young scholar read a paper on Roman Jerusalem as a Setting of Earliest Christianity. He cited someone as saying that Acts might have been written in the middle of the second century. That theory is almost as old as the material he was dealing with. He thought that Luke’s account of the beginnings of Christianity was “magical.” Well, some presentations are well researched and profitable, and others are not.
More later about the second section I attended.