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Site-Seeing: Petra’s Temple of the Winged Lions

05/16 | A new program led by the American Center of Oriental Research is, for the first time, allowing visitors to go beyond Petra’s monuments to actually discover and experience its past   Read more…

Who Tells the Truth—the Bible or Archaeology?

05/15 | Is the Hebrew Bible a bunch of tales with no value to a historian? Does archaeology hold the keys to truth instead? What are the limitations of both sources of   Read more…

First Person: Was the Dead Sea Scroll Community Celibate?

05/08 | One of the many fascinating questions about the Dead Sea Scroll community living at Qumran is whether its members were celibate. Did they marry and have children or not?   Read more…

New Discoveries Unveiled at Caesarea Maritima

05/04 | Each year, visitors come to the coastal site of Caesarea Maritima in Caesarea National Park to marvel at the ancient ruins still preserved there. It was announced recently that Caesarea   Read more…

Discoveries in Mary Magdalene’s Hometown

05/03 | Following the discovery of a synagogue at Magdala on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, four ritual purification baths dating to Jesus’ time have been uncovered. These attest to   Read more…

James or Jacob in the Bible?

04/27 | How did the Jewish name Ya’akov, properly translated as Jacob, become James in English versions of the Bible?   Read more…

Sacred Prostitution in the Story of Judah and Tamar?

04/24 | According to popular belief, cult prostitution was common throughout the ancient world, particularly associated with the fertility rites of the Canaanites and Phoenicians. While some scholars suggest that temple prostitution   Read more…

The Arch of Titus’s Menorah Panel in Color

04/24 | Although many Greek and Roman statues and monuments now appear gleaming white (the result of years of weathering), they were originally brightly colored. Using technology, a team has digitally restored   Read more…

D.C.-Area Archaeology Event

04/24 | On Sunday, April 30, 2017, Sidnie White Crawford will deliver the lecture “What the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach Us About the Bible” in the D.C. area.   Read more…


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