Beneath the Surface An Editorial Comment -- By: David G. Hansen

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 14:4 (Fall 2001)
Article: Beneath the Surface An Editorial Comment
Author: David G. Hansen


Beneath the Surface
An Editorial Comment

David G. Hansen

If you have been a regular reader of Bible and Spade, Gordon Franz’s name will be familar as he has authored numerous articles for this journal. Gordon’s background in NT studies coupled with his extensive experience researching, living and teaching in the Holy Land, frequently round out this journal’s offerings and this issue is no exception. In it you will find a typical Franz exposition of a difficult NT passage; this one admonishing Christians about consuming meat offered to idols. Franz’s conclusions, based on his study of historical wirings, explain that certain memorial meals were practiced by Romans in Paul’s time and is helpful in putting the NT passages in perspective.

Tomb Excation Team. Dr. J Davis (seated front center) with his Kh. el-Maqatir tomb excavation team, Summer 2000.

This issue of Bible and Spade has two articles by ABR Board member, Dr. John J. Davis. Davis is a prolific author and respected Bible scholar. In one of the articles Davis writes the first of a three-part series on the discipline of tomb excavation; i.e., how and why archaeologists excavate tombs. This important aspect of archaeological field-work is often overlooked. Davis is well qualified to inform us on this topic as he leads the tomb excavation team at ABR’s dig at Khirbet el-Maqatir and has extensive experience excavating tombs at other locations in Israel.

Following Dr. Davis’ article on the methodology of tomb excavation, we also publish an exposition of his in which he performs a critical analysis of a

    sardine can
(!) found by his team in one of the tombs during the last season of digging. You will enjoy his explication of this most unusual artifact and learn how detective skills are used by successful archaeologists.

In keeping with ABR’s goal of keeping members apprised of new theories and the use of Biblical archaeology to explain them, you will find in this issue a summary by Dr. Ernest Martin of his recent book on the location of the Temple. In his book Martin postulates that the traditional location of the Dome of the Rock, is wrong. Dr. Martin’s proposition has received considerable attention and his book has been advertised in the “other” Biblical archaeology magazine. Biblical Archaeology Review. Martin’s location for the First and Second Temple is very controversial and goes against almost all archaeological and scholarly writings for the past 2, 000 years.

Therefore, in order to examine Dr. Martin’s theory, Bible and Spade invited ABR’s staff architectural archaeologist at the Kh. el-Maqatir dig, Dr. Leen Rit...

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