标签: 旧约

Mazar, Eilat, “The Wall that Nehemiah Built.” Biblical Archaeology Review, Mar/Apr 2009

注:这是《旧约概论》的作业之一。

Eilat Mazar, who is the author of this article, is an Israeli archaeologist, specializing in Jerusalem and Phoenician archeology. She has worked on the Temple Mount excavations, as well as excavations at Achzib. She wrote an article titled “Excavate King David’s Palace!” in which she claims that she identified the precise spot in the City of the David in Bible Archaeology Review Jan/Feb 1997. Further excavation started in 2005, under the supports from Shalem Center Jerusalem and the Ir David Foundation.

In this article, Dr. Mazar presented her findings, by explaining how she found the wall and identified the wall as part of work by Nehemiah, the famous biblical figure. The excavation started from Large Stone Structure, which Dr. Mazar believes as wall of David’s palace and sits on the highest point of the City of David. Besides the Large Stone Structure, there is Stepped Stone Structure, which they believe is used to support the palace. An ancient tower was found at the south of where two structures connected. After dismantling the northern tower, they found two dog burials beneath it and potsherds under the dog burials. Thus they identified that the tower and the walls that extend from it both north and south as part of Nehemiah’s rebuilding of ancient Jerusalem’s city wall. Professor Edwin Yamauchi, president of the Near East Archaeological Society, said that some archaeologists feel Mazar has strong evidence to support her discoveries. "It remains to be seen whether Eilat Mazar’s claims will be upheld," he said, "but it is, I think, a very positive development."[1]

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长洲岛散记(5)

甘老师的课结束了,既然是来学习的,我得介绍一下这门课,免得以为我是来小岛度假的。也可以让其他弟兄姊妹如果感兴趣的话,可以看看参考书和

建道的普通话暑期课程其实是相当轻松的,每天上午上课9点到12点,下午2点到差不多5点,总共加起来一周的教学时长勉强是(3+3)*5=30小时,还包括了课间休息时间。按照一般的学制,3学分的课应该是50个学时(内地是3学分=54学时=40小时,美国更多一些),不过别人告诉我建道的3学分就是30个学时,可能是英制吧。

第一门课的题目是《约书亚的史地背景》,不过我以为可能改名叫做《旧约背景》或者《旧约史地》更好一些(不过老师的slides也常常拿《旧约背景》作抬头,搞得我云里雾里。)这门课的主要内容是对从约书亚记开始的旧约地理和考古成果进行分析,并探讨对读经、解经能带来怎样的帮助。

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十诫I:圣约与律法

这个月我要和大家分享的主题是十诫,神所赐给以色列人的律法。不少的弟兄姊妹困惑于圣经中哪些要遵守,哪些不要遵守。旧约的律法要遵守吗?十分之一奉献要遵守吗?安息日要遵守吗?这些问题常常出现于新生命课程当中。 这些都是很好的问题,而且是重生的基督徒一定会问的问题。当我们真正重生以后,我们里面的新生命就有一个意念——我要讨神的喜悦,那讨神的喜悦的一个前提就是想知道神不喜欢什么,对不对?所以如果我们听到有人这个问题,应该为他感到过高兴。我不能够在讲道中具体的回答每一个细节“要不要遵守”,我想我可以通过十诫这个主题让大家看到神给我们的原则和新旧约的关联。

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