Buried for thousands of years, the remains of two biblical cities, one on top of the other, have recently been unearthed, shedding light on the ancient world of Scripture. Now you can see these findings firsthand in the exhibit, "Khirbet el-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site." Over 60 artifacts will be on display throughout 2016 at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL, including lamps, storage pots, a mortar and pestle, sling stones, coins, and many other items of historical significance.
At Khirbet el-Maqatir archaeologists have discovered the probable remains of the city of Ai, which Joshua conquered (Joshua 7-8). From 1995-2000 and 2009-present, the Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) have collected geographic, historical, and archaeological evidence that matches the biblical criteria for Joshua's Ai. These discoveries include a Late Bronze I city gate and wall system, large amounts of pottery from the time of Joshua, remains from the Judges period, evidence of destruction by fire, and a rare 15th century BC Egyptian scarab (named Christianity Today's top biblical archaeological find of 2013).
Recent excavations have also revealed the remains of a city from the time of Jesus (in the ancient world, cities were often rebuilt on the foundations of other cities that had been destroyed). In addition to first-century pottery and coins, the fortification system suggests the site was not just a settlement or village, but a small city. It may, in fact, be the city of Ephraim mentioned in John 11:53-54.
At Khirbet el-Maqatir, ABR is digging Joshua's Ai and searching for Jesus' Ephraim. The exhibit focuses on two millennia of human history at the site, and helps us understand the people who lived there between 3500 and 1500 years ago.
"Khirbet el-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site" will run through December 2016 at Faulkner University, and the artifacts will be in the F. Furman Kearley Library. The grand opening of the exhibit will be during the university's annual Faulkner Lectures, Feb. 28 – March 3, 2016. All artifacts in the exhibit are on loan from the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria.
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