NEW HAVEN (Apr. 23)
A pagan temple of the time of Christ has been excavated in Transjordan by an expedition headed by Dr. Nelson Glueck, director of the American Schools of Oriental Research at Jerusalem, according to an announcement by Prof. Millar Burrows of the Yale Divinity School, president of the American Schools.
The finds, which include reliefs of pagan deities and several well-preserved examples of portrait sculpture, afford new and valuable material for the study of the culture of the little-known Nabataens, an Arab people of Roman times who possessed a strong kingdom in Southeastern Arabia and Transjordan.
Dr. Burrows pointed out the discovery is of special interest to Bible students because Herod the Great married a Nabataen princess and divorced her to marry her brother’s wife, for which John the Baptist denounced him.