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Learning more at the SBL meeting

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.

Street leading from Pool of Siloam up to the Temple Mount. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Street leading from Pool of Siloam up to the Temple Mount. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

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.

Bible Lands and Peoples in Archaeology and Text presenters. Reich is speaking. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Bible Lands and Peoples in Archaeology and Text presenters.Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

More later about the second section I attended.