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Tel Burna, located in the Shephelah, is one of the possible locations of Biblical Libnah.Over the past couple of days, a number of little things have come across my desk that I wanted to write about. However, they are starting to pile up, so here is a quick list of items that I thought that you might enjoy. Khirbet Qeiyafa Video - Luke Chandler announced on his blog yesterday that there is a 20 minute video that will be released soon about Khirbet Qeiyafa (sometimes called "The Elah Fortress"). Luke has participated in the dig at that site for a number of years. The video will be released on his blog on June 1. T-minus 10 days and counting....

The Jesus Trail - The BBC has written an interesting piece on the Jesus Trail. It is a 65KM trail that stretches between Nazareth to Capernaum. I have spoken to a couple of people who have hiked this trail. It is on my bucket list. What a fantastic way to learn more about these Biblical lands.

Satellite Bible Atlas - A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about the Satellite Bible Atlas by Bill Schlegel who works at IBEX. Ferrell Jenkins, who recently completed a tour of Israel, provided his tour group with this amazing book. Likewise, I highly recommend that everyone adds this book to your library.

Dig Time - With the summer season approaching, it is time to think about the archaeological digs that will be taking place in the next couple of months. Tel Burna (possibly the site of Biblical Libnah) will be starting their summer dig on June 1. I have some friends that are about to start working with the dig at Ashkelon, one of the Philistine cities during the United and Divided Kingdom periods. Abel Beth Maacah will begin their second season of digging soon. And, of course, there are a number of other digs that are ongoing or will be starting up in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for updates.