14618Re: [ANE-2] Temple
- Dec 27, 2012Regarding the temple and artifacts found at Motza and referred to by Dr.
Eliot Braun, the IAA's press release issued yesterday (Wednesday; "Temple
and rare cache of sacred vessels from Biblical times discovered at Tel
Motza") may be read at
And, as Dr. Lemche has noted, the IAA's English press release has also
been posted at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at
A ZIP file of six high-resolution pictures may be seen and down-loaded
Some other media reports may be seen at
(with a picture of IAA archeologist Anna Ririkh at the site and displaying a
See also http://www.afp.com/en/node/770032 (which may be the source of the
erroneous statement that the temple and artifacts are "dated to the early
monarchic period (9-10th century. BC) of the Judaean monarchy")
(with the erroneous title "Davidic-era temple unearthed in dig near
The Ha'aretz article's Hebrew version is at
The Ha'aretz English article's reference to "a bimah (platform from
which the Torah is read)" should be to "a bamah (a high place)", or, in the
words of the press release, to "a bamah (a ritual platform)".
I've brought it the attention of the writer and Ha'aretz and it may have
already been corrected.
Joseph I. Lauer
Brooklyn, New York
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