Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Saturday, 5 September 2020

More Biblical archaeology

I posted the other week that it is striking how frequently significant archaeological finds are made in the a Holy Land - a region one might be tempted to think had been explored and analysed to the limit, and that there was little more to find.

This last few days has reinforced this with the announcement of two significant discoveries. The earlier is a Canaanite military site and dated to the twelfth century BC and the time of the Book of Judges. The report from the MailOnline can be seen at 3,200-year-old fortress matches structure in the Bible

The second site is from Jerusalem and appears to be evidence for a seventh century BC royal residence outside the walls of the city from the later stages of the Kingdom of Judah. The report, again from the MailOnline, can be seen at Remains of a 2,500-year-old palace found buried outside of Jerusalem

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