Balaam Son Of Beor in Archeology

Balaam Inscription

(Top) Painting by Pieter Lastman c.1622 {PD} Wikimedia Commons. (Bottom left) Photo by author. (Bottom right) Photo credit: Jona Lendering (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Post 24 – Balaam is referenced this week in our Bible reading (Nehemiah 13 1). In 1967 Dutch archeologists working in the north of Jordan made a dramatic discovery. While excavating an ancient structure, they Continue reading

Nehemiah’s Three Opposers in Archeology


Bottom photo by Hassan Bushnaq (CC BY-SA 3.0) Wikimedia Commons . Sanballat letter photo, c1907 {{PD}} Wikimedia Commons . Geshem bowl photo from the Brooklyn Museum (CC BY 3.0).

Post 23 – Remarkably, archeology may corroborate the existence of all 3 enemies mentioned in Nehemiah chapter 6:1. The first 2 pieces may be seen at the Brooklyn Museum, which Robin and I enjoyed doing in October. The “Elephantine Papyri” (Top left) mentions “Sanballat the governor of Samaria”. Continue reading

Rabbah The Capital Of Ammon


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Post 11 – In the middle of Amman the capital of Jordan, is an L shaped hill called the Citadel. This is the location of Rabbah (also called Rabbath-Ammon) the capital city of the Ammonites (1 Chronicles 20:1). It was this city that David’s general Joab successfully set out conquer and it was close to its walls Continue reading