Altar Horns, Ceramic Pomegranates, and Other Evidence of the Ancient Jewish Sanctuary at Shiloh

Jan. 17 2020

According to the Bible, the Tabernacle—the portable shrine constructed by Moses that served as the precursor to the First Temple—was placed in the city of Shiloh, and remained there for most of the time before the establishment of the monarchy. The archaeologist Scott Stripling has spent several years excavating Shiloh and has found evidence suggesting that the city was indeed a center of Israelite worship, including what appear to be the “horns” (square protrusions) of an altar and ceramic pomegranates. He discusses his findings and methods in conversation with Amanda Borschel-Dan. (Audio, 33 minutes. Text is available at the link below.)

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More about: Ancient Israel, Archaeology, Hebrew Bible, Shiloh, Tabernacle

Despite Opposition from the Taliban, Islamic State Is Thriving in Afghanistan

According to Taliban officials, Islamic State’s Afghanistan offshoot (known as the “Khorasan province,” or ISKP) has but a negligible presence. American diplomats, for their part, have claimed that the new jihadist government in Kabul can provide a bulwark against the group, which opposes what it sees as the Taliban’s relative religious moderation. But, Oved Lobel argues, the evidence supports neither interpretation:

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Read more at Australia/Israel Review

More about: ISIS, Taliban, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign policy