• 14Jun

    by Gordon Franz This essay is dedicated to Dr. Gabriel “Goby” Barkay and Zachi Zweig, co-directors of the Temple Mount Sifting Project; and to the tens of thousands who have sifted the dirt from the Holy Hill of Zion (Psalm 102:14) Introduction It is always the archaeologist’s dream to find inscriptional material, such as a […]

  • 23Feb

    By Gordon Franz Introduction Jerusalem is a city that is sacred to the three monotheistic religions of the world: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It has been and remains to this day, a contested piece of real estate for two of these religions. Former Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, often said, “Jerusalem is the eternal, undivided […]

  • 23Aug

    By Stephanie Hernandez Nineteen people, most of them strangers to each other, descended on Jerusalem in the last weeks of June. Most met at Newark Airport in New Jersey, others joined the group in the coming days. There were the usual questions: “Where are you from?”; “Is this your first trip to Israel?”; “What do […]

  • 22Apr

    By Gordon Franz and Stephanie Hernandez Raised in the ghettos of Budapest, Hungary, Israeli archaeologist Gabriel Barkay has had an accomplished career in the archaeology of the Bible Lands.  Barkay holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Hebrew University and a PhD from Tel Aviv University.  His doctoral dissertation, completed in 1985, was on “Northern […]

  • 22Apr

    By Gordon Franz Introduction Most Bible believers who live outside the Land of Israel may read Psalm 125:2, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever,” and think, “Humm, that’s a comforting and encouraging passage.  The Lord surrounds His people.  He protects us and watches over […]

  • 03Feb

    By Gordon Franz Introduction Jerusalem is a city that is sacred to the three monotheistic religions of the world: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It has been and remains to this day, a contested piece of real estate for two of these religions. Former Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, often said, “Jerusalem is the eternal, undivided […]