- Feb 17, 2019
I find the illiteracy of that poster aggravating. We can all make mistakes, but the edit function is there for second and third thoughts.Why is Swords still a moderator, every day she starts these stupid discussions. The only people who respond to her do it so that to make fun of her. I think this hurts the site and she should not be allowed to do this.
Even worse is the brutish ignorance: note how these posts conflate and confuse genetics with religious persuasion.
Something more positive:
The May/June issue of Archaeology (unashamedly aimed at the popular, not to say populist market, but well worth the trip) has two articles:
- one on Lindisfarne, billed as 'Medieval England's power monastery';
- another on Ein Gedi, the oasis half-way down the western shore of the Dead Sea (page 55ff):
In the early seventh century B.C. a group of newcomers built a village of stone and mudbrick houses and workshops on the hillside below the remains of the Ghassulian temple. During the 1960s, Israeli archaeologist Benjamin Mazar of Hebrew University found types of pottery — and identified Hebrew names on personal seal stamps — at the site, indicating that Ein Gedi was an Israelite village. This was the beginning of more than 1,000 years of nearly uninterrupted Jewish life there.
The village was one of several new settlements built east of Jerusalem, then the capital of the Jewish kingdom of Judea and a loyal vassal state of the Assyrian Empire. Settling at Ein Gedi was part of a trend of Judean expansion driven by the need to cultivate more land and ensure the Assyrian rulers access to the Dead Sea and its minerals. The words “for the king” stamped onto many vessels found at the site make it clear that the central government in Jerusalem controlled the economy, which relied on producĥ ing dates, grain, and salt.
Ein Gedi is a few hundred metres south of the 1949 Armistice Agreement Line, so the reserve and zoo, the early (and successful) kibbutz, the date plantations (attested in the Book of Chronicles) are all in controversial territory. Do 2,700 years of established history offer a few rights of possession?
Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.