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Science or Politics? Where is the Oldest Archaeological Journal, PEQ, Headed?

By Rami Arav

In an editorial published recently in the Palestine Exploration Quarterly (PEQ 140:1, 1-2), Professor Philip Davies, Chairman of the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF), attempted to explain why the Anglo-German conference mutually planned and scheduled by the PEF and the Deutscher Palästina-Verein (DPV) to take place in Jerusalem in April/May 2017 was canceled. See complete essay


Hebrew or Not?: Reviewing the Linguistic Claims of Douglas Petrovich’s The World’s Oldest Alphabet

By Aren M. Wilson-Wright

Douglas Petrovich’s recent book The World’s Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew as the Language of the Proto-Consonantal Script makes several sensational claims about both the origin of the alphabet and biblical history. In it, Petrovich argues that the Israelites invented the alphabet during the Egyptian Middle Kingdom (2055-1650 BCE) and recorded their language in a series of inscriptions from Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula, at places such as Wadi el-Ḥôl, Serabit el-Khadem, Lahun, and Bir en-Naṣb (2016: 11–13). See complete essay


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