Abel Beit Macaah, Christmas Greetings from  the Abel Facebook Page

Abel Beit Macaah, Christmas Greetings from the Abel Facebook Page

This past July I had the opportunity to excavate at Abel Beit Maacah.  This archaeological site is located in the northern region of Israel, literally a mile from the Lebanon border.  It is a relatively large 32 acre or so “tel” (ancient mound), indicating that Abel Beit Maacah was a significant city during the days of the Old Testament.  It’s very location (geographically) made it an extremely important city as it guarded the country from invaders from the north.

Bible Walks map, locating Abel Beit Maacah on northern border of Israel

Bible Walks map, locating Abel Beit Maacah on northern border of Israel

This blog simply points to a few updates since the close of the 2nd season of excavating. The first update is an article written by site directors Dr. Bob Mullins and Nana Cohen. They wrote a wonderful summary of the 2nd season, an article that will be appearing in the Jan/Feb issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR).  This article can be seen on the Abel Beit Maacah Facebook page HERE.  The article touches on the discussion of who actually lived here in this important geo-political city.

The second update comes from the words of a fellow volunteer and new friend of mine, Kazuyuki (“Kaz”) Hayashi.  He wrote an excellent summary of his dig experience, and it can be found HERE (an article he wrote for the American School for Oriental Research, or ASOR).

Illustration of Abel Beit Maacah, Bible Walks

Illustration of Abel Beit Maacah, Bible Walks

The third link I share can be found HERE.  The “Bible Walks” site does a very thorough job in summarizing the city’s history.  While the good folks at Bible Walks assume a 13th century BC conquest date by Joshua and the Israelites (I hold to a 15th century BC date), their web site is complete with many pictures, including a great illustration of what the city looks like.

Once again, the links between archaeology, historical geography, and the Bible help us understand the stories of the Bible.  If you want to dig in 2015, please contact Dr. Bob on the ABM Facebook page.

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