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Khirbet el-Maqatir Spring 2016 Season: Touring Report June 12-June 17 6/24/2016 - by Don McNeeley

Whew!!! We finished the three weeks of excavations and even added an additional day. As was previously noted in our weekly reports, the dig season revealed many great features and artifacts that assist in understanding the society of the various occupational levels at Khirbet el-Maqatir. Everything from the walls revealed, the pottery re-constructed, the objects photographed, and even the color of the soil excavated provide clues to help reconstruct the biblical past. But, now it is time to branch out from Maqatir and get that bigger picture of the Bible that only comes from visiting the places we read about in Scripture. But where to start?

A Review of the 2015 Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting 12/12/2015 - by Don McNeeley

From November 17-19, 2015, over 2,800 evangelical scholars, academics, researchers, and other interested men and women came to Atlanta, GA to hear hundreds of great presentations on a variety of subjects. As an affiliated society of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), the Near East Archaeological Society (NEAS) holds its annual meeting during the ETS annual meeting. Many of the Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) scholars are also members of the NEAS; and again this year, their presence was meaningful and provided some great ideas based on their research.

Digging at Khirbet el-Maqatir 2015: Week Four 6/29/2015 - by Don McNeeley

With the 2015 summer dig season complete, 22 volunteers took a day of rest (Shabbat) before embarking on a series of field trips in the Holy Land. While many of the sites visited are well-known, just as many are not well known to many of the group. But where to start?

Report on the 2014 NEAS Conference 12/11/2014 - by Don McNeeley

From November 19-21 2014, over 2,500 men and women converged on San Diego, CA with the sole intent of discussing various aspects of Christianity. It was the annual Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) meeting. Through a series of plenary sessions and many parallel sessions, these scholars listened to presentations and papers related to ecclesiology - the study of the Christian Church - or on topics related to specific study areas...

The Maqatir Expedition: A Diary of the 2011 Season 12/19/2012 - by Don McNeeley

For me the physical start of what I am calling the Maqatir Expedition began on 20 May with a departure from Norfolk International Airport in Virginia; first to Philadelphia to catch an international flight to Tel Avi, Israel, then spending two weeks excavating, and finally flying home on 4 June. In reality, the expedition started a few months earlier when I began to consider participating in the Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) sponsored excavation at Khirbet el-Maqatir.

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