Archeology, Friend and Foe


David Mainse gives an account of archaeological digs in Israel and encourages you to approach the scriptures for information and inspiration.

Today’s Reading: Joshua 11-12

Key Verse: Joshua 11:15

As the Lord had commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did. He left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses.

There are at least two ways to approach our readings. First, for inspiration, and second, for information. According to 11:10b, Hazor was the “head of all those kingdoms.” Verse 13 mentions “their mounds.” Today, we refer to them as “tels.” When ancient public buildings were destroyed or simply fell down with age, people would build on top of the rubble, resulting in a hill made over the ruins of several cities. Archaeologists have excavated Hazor and dated the main destruction by Israel in the late 15th century BC. Evidence of fire was found in several places.


Lord God, I am confident that these stories of war are accurate as told. I’m thankful that the archaeological digs confirm that, because the history is true, and the inspirational messages are worthy of our respect also. Please grant me the grace to be and do as Paul wrote: “Strong – faithful – enduring hardship – hard working – diligent – a worker – and unashamed.” In Jesus’ Name, (the One who modeled all these qualities) Amen!


I’ve participated in archaeological digs in Israel, not with a back hoe or even a shovel, but using a spoon, trowel, and brush. I would not have the patience to do that as a profession. Our key verse can inspire us to complete, no matter how long or how much effort it takes, the commitments we’ve made. The word “discipline” is from the same root word as “disciple,” “talmudim” in Hebrew. It means “student.” The Apostle Paul, a lifetime student and teacher, wrote to the young Timothy, encouraging him to “study” or “be diligent”  (2 Timothy 2:1-15).

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