Bible History Daily Features TaborBlog Post: Ancient Jewish Hair
by James Tabor
Two weeks ago I announced that the ever popular Bible History Daily, published via e-mail and on on the Web, has begun a regular feature of republishing selected posts from my blog. I am both honored and also always a bit curious as to which of the 500 or so posts from the past few years they might choose to feature. Today it is an article I published some years ago but have recently updated and expanded: “The Only Ancient Jewish Male Hair Ever Found.” You can see the BHD post here and the original blog post here.
It is about a totally accidental discovery that Dr. Shimon Gibson, my UNC Charlotte students, and I made late evening when we stumbled across a freshly robbed ancient tomb while hiking in the Valley of Hinnom just south of Jerusalem. It was high adventure. It doesn’t get better than this. Be sure to notice the surprise DNA announcement that I make at the end, linking this tomb somehow to the “Jesus family tomb” in Talpiot–who could have ever guessed that? We still have no idea why or what it might mean in terms of 1st century Jerusalem populations. More on that in a future blog post.
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