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5,000-Year-Old Egyptian Billboard Discovered

5,000-Year-Old Egyptian Billboard Discovered

What Is Coptic and Who Were the Copts in Ancient Egypt?

07/18 | When did the ancient Egyptians stop writing in hieroglyphs, and what came next? From the fourth to ninth centuries C.E., Egypt was predominantly Christian. During this time, the language used   Read more…

Jesus Before Pilate

07/17 | The Gospels offer a surprisingly excusatory depiction of Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect of Judea directly responsible for Jesus’ death. While the contemporary sources do not mention Pilate’s fatal involvement   Read more…

The Origin of Sin and Death in the Bible

07/12 | What is the origin of sin and death in the Bible? Who was the first sinner?   Read more…

On Display in Rome: Images of the Temple Menorah

07/07 | The Menorah: Worship, History and Myth, a major exhibition on display at the Vatican Museum and the Jewish Museum in Rome, provides dramatic images of the Temple Menorah.   Read more…

King Herod’s Ritual Bath at Machaerus

06/25 | Several mikva’ot (Jewish ritual baths) have been uncovered at Machaerus, the palace-fortress on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea where Salome danced and John the Baptist was beheaded. Archaeologist   Read more…

Ancient Military Correspondence: Send Wine

06/20 | Send wine: A newly deciphered letter from Israel’s Negev desert describes an exchange of supplies between two Judahite military officers.   Read more…

Biblical Sidon—Jezebel’s Hometown

06/19 | The city of Sidon on the coast of modern Lebanon is mentioned 38 times in the Hebrew Bible. Recent excavations have exposed part of the ancient Canaanite—and later Phoenician—city, including   Read more…

Understanding Israel’s 10 Commandments

06/14 | Are the 10 Commandments really a moral code, or did the ancients understand them rather as the constitutional basis of a political theocracy?   Read more…

Left-Handed People in the Bible

06/13 | Were the warriors from the tribe of Benjamin left-handed by nature or nurture?   Read more…


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