“Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel” (Jer.
)…“Then I will make this house like Shiloh and this city an object of cursing among all the nations of the earth” (Jer. The instrument of God’s judgment against Shiloh is not named in the above verses, but the Philistines are a prime candidate since Israel was at war with them at that time.
On July 1st the Israeli online newspaper Arutz Sheva headlined “Shiloh Find May Show It was Sacked by Philistines.” The article went on to describe a broken jar and remains of ash from a fire which they say were indicative of large scale destruction. Both the Danish excavations of 1929 and the Israeli excavations of 1981–1984 at Shiloh found evidence of a massive destruction by fire in the mid-11th century BC: These buildings were destroyed in a fierce conflagration. Collapsed burnt bricks accumulated on these floors to a height of more than three feet.
* Editorial note from Associates for Biblical Research: Dating from this time period is usually dependent on Carbon-14 dating, and should be considered tentative.
The date of the Flood is critical to our understanding of this era.
ABR is conducting research in this area in order to more precisely ascertain the date of the Flood and then correlate archaeological dates accordingly. He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent he had set up among men (Psalm ).
The earliest known iron objects are nine tubular iron beads excavated in 1911 in a cemetery in Gerzeh, Egypt, 45 miles south of Cairo, dated to 3200 BC.
Seven were found in one tomb, three from the waist of the deceased and four from a necklace along with lapis lazuli, carnelian, agate and gold beads.
The other two came from a very rich tomb containing, among other things, the largest number of beads found in a burial in the cemetery, consisting of lapis lazuli, obsidian, gold, carnelian, calcite, chalcedony, steatite, faience, garnet and serpentine.
The nature and origin of the iron beads has been a matter of uncertainty and dispute, until modern scientific tests were conducted on them, published in August in the online Journal of Archaeological Science.
Announcements of archaeological discoveries and research of Biblical significance, mainly from Israel, have been made throughout 2013.
In this article Bryant G Wood updates readers on six of these recent findings.