Skip to comments.Archaeologist known for using Bible as historical text dies [Eilat Mazar]
Posted on 06/01/2021 10:37:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Eilat Mazar, an Israeli archaeologist who came under criticism by colleagues for her reliance on the Bible as a historical text, died May 25 at age 64.
“I work with the Bible in one hand and the tools of excavation in the other,” Mazar once told the Jerusalem Post. “The Bible is the most important historical source and therefore deserves special attention.”
Mazar, the granddaughter of Russian Israeli immigrant and prominent archaeologist Benjamin Mazar, began getting her fingers dirty at age 11, as the elder Mazar tried to get as many family members as he could to assist on digs. She went on to get a bachelor’s degree in 1981, and later a doctorate, at Hebrew University. Her thesis on the biblical Phoenicians was based on her excavation of a Phoenician site in northern Israel.
Among her discoveries was King David’s Palace in the City of David in Jerusalem; a gate identified with King Solomon; a wall thought to have been built by Nehemiah; two clay seals that name the captors of the prophet Jeremiah; seals that name King Hezekiah, and a seal that may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah.
Although she was not religious, Mazar knew verses of the Bible by heart and would at times literally take directions from Sacred Scripture.
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I’ll ping the GGG list later, meanwhile, ping.
Bookmark for later.
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It’s one of those manana topics, looks like. :^)
I hope her heart was changed near the end.
64 is too young.
Heinrich Schliemann was criticized for using Homer’s “Illiad” as a reliable text. But Schliemann found Troy when no one else could.
In the field of history, ancient sources are your primary sources. People who refer to those documents should be praised. People who criticize such research as just political activists with an axe to grind.
Why are women the best archaeologists???
They’re so good at digging up the past!
One story I have been digging into is Theseus and the Minotaur.
Pure myth you would be told.
Except.... there was a very powerful empire on Crete, they were into human sacrifice, there is a labyrinth and in it there are the defleshed bones of children.
For a myth there sure is some solid evidence.
Robert Cornuke (and possibly others) wrote an interesting book that describes a location of the Temple similar to what is shown in Ernest Martin's diagram that you show on Post 7 (a distance roughly two football field lengths south of the present day Mosque on the 'Temple Mount').
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
“And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”
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