24 BIBLICAL VIEWS
The Many Faces of the Good Samaritan-Most Wrong
26 ARCHAEOLOGICAL VIEWS
Digging a Hole and Telling a Tale
28 Join a Dig, See the World
Digs in Israel and Jordan are a doorway to the Biblical past, but they also
offer volunteers the adventure of immersion in the modern and exotic Middle East.
Our annual guide to excavations takes you out of the trenches to explore the
cultural opportunities enjoyed by dig volunteers.
36 Layers of Ancient Jerusalem
SHLOMIT WEKSLER-BDOLAH, ALEXANDER ONN,
SHUA KISILEVITZ AND BRIGITTE OUAHNOUNA
A mere hundred yards from the Western Wall, a new excavation
reveals Jerusalem’s layered ancient history-from the building blocks of
Solomon’s city to seals of First Temple elite to the bustling thoroughfare
of Roman and Byzantine Aelia Capitolina. But several mysteries remain.
48 Inn of the Good Samaritan Becomes a Museum
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesu;tells a parable about a man from Judea who is beaten
by robbers and then left for dead. After others have passed him by, a kind
Samaritan treats his wounds and brings him to an inn where he can be cared for.
Since the fourth century; a site called Ma’ale Adummim has been identified as
the location of this famous inn and soon became a pilgrimage site. Now the
so-called Inn of the Good Samaritan has been excavated and turned into a mosaic
museum that can be appreciated and enjoyed by Samaritans, Christians, Jews-and
others as well.
59 When Did Ancient Israel Begin?
The late-13th-century B.C.E. Merneptah Stele has long been known
for containing the earliest reference to Israel outside of the Bible.
But now three German scholars say they may have found another hieroglyphic
inscription almost 200 years older naming “Israel.”The Bible may be more
accurate than some thought.