Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1445 Clyde Billington – Omrit, Polycarp and Battir

Assyrian seal from Omrit

Assyrian seal from Omrit

Three more news items discussed from the news digest of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine: an Assyrian seal discovered at Omrit in northern Israel, completely out of context in a Roman temple; the excavation of the theater where the martyrdom of Polycarp took place; and the preservation of ancient agricultural terraces in the region around Jerusalem.

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