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King Herod’s Ritual Bath at Machaerus

King Herod’s Ritual Bath at Machaerus

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…

Why Study Prehistoric Israel?

06/12 | Studying prehistoric Israel can give us a better perspective on Israel in the Biblical period, says archaeologist Daniel Nadel.   Read more…

No Matches? No Problem. Ancient Fire-Making in Israel

06/08 | Archaeologists excavated a 9,000-year-old limestone slab in Ramat Bet Shemesh that might have been used in Neolithic fire-making.   Read more…

The Nag Hammadi Codices and Gnostic Christianity

06/06 | Until the discovery of the Nag Hammadi codices in 1945, the Gnostic view of early Christianity had largely been forgotten. The teachings of Gnostic Christianity—vilified especially since they were declared   Read more…

What’s Missing from Codex Sinaiticus, the Oldest New Testament?

06/05 | Compare differences in the Biblical text between the King James Version and Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest New Testament.   Read more…

The Sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas

06/04 | New Testament scholar Simon Gathercole examines what the sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas reveal about the early Christian world in which they were written.   Read more…


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