Saturday, May 12, 2007

Herod's Tomb

Several days after Ehud Netzer's announcement in Haaretz of the discovery of Herod's empty tomb, I have to say that the thing I like best about this is that its an exciting archaeological discovery by an archaeologist who has spent much of his life looking for this tomb and its an excavation into which ordinary people can stumble. Its not a media controlled event. Unlike Bruce Feiler, I think that the discovery of a tomb likely to have been Herod's raises interesting questions about the relation of Matthew's account to what we know of Herod from Josephus and other sources. In the meantime here's an excellent series of slides from Yahoo of the Herodium, Herod's fortified palace built south of Jerusalem and destroyed by the Romans in c70CE .

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