Last week the latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) showed up in my mailbox.
As always I eagerly scanned the contents to see what exciting articles it contained.
Here are the links to the previous posts:
The lead article in this issues is Was Herod’s Tomb Really Found?
If you look closely you can see a shepherd and sheep on the slope.
The article in BAR is fascinating as it looks at questions about where in the complex Herod is buried and also the use of other structures. The mound was originally topped by a large palace or fortress.
In the picture above you can see the large pool surrounded by columns.
Someday I would like to go back to Israel and the Herodium is definitely on the list of places that I would like to visit next time.
In this issue of BAR there are also articles about Queen Helena’s palace and tomb in Jerusalem and an inscription that was recently found. The inscription is from the time of David and Solomon, and may be the oldest one found in Jerusalem.
Some fascinating reading!
Now to get reading the background material for my trip to Turkey that is coming up very quickly!