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The Enduring Symbolism of Doves

11/02 | Few symbols have a tradition as long and as rich as the dove. Read about what it represents and how its use has been shared, adapted and reinterpreted across cultures   Read more…

The Bible in the News: So It Sayeth

11/02 | What does the popular press say about the word “sayeth” and the Bible? BAR “Bible in the News” author Leonard J. Greenspoon explores this in his last column in the   Read more…

Hezekiah’s Tunnel Reexamined

11/02 | For more than a hundred years, an extraordinary water tunnel in Jerusalem has been attributed to King Hezekiah, who dug it to protect the city’s water supply during the Assyrian   Read more…

The Virgin Mary and the Prophet Muhammad

11/01 | The Virgin Mary and the prophet Muhammad have a lot in common within their respective Christian and Islamic traditions, according to author Mary Joan Winn Leith.   Read more…

What Does the Bible Say About Tattoos?

10/31 | Although Leviticus 19:28 clearly prohibits tattoos, it does not give an explicit reason why. This begs the question: Why does the Bible prohibit tattoos?   Read more…

The Magdala Stone: The Jerusalem Temple Embodied

10/27 | For a people living in the diaspora, unable to visit the Jerusalem Temple frequently, what kept the memory and centrality of the Temple fresh in their minds? An intriguing stone   Read more…

The Third Wall of Jerusalem: Where Romans and Jews Battled

10/26 | Archaeologists believe they have located remains of the elusive Third Wall of Jerusalem described by ancient historian Josephus. According to Josephus, Jewish rebels completed this wall leading up to the   Read more…

What the Temple Mount Floor Looked Like

10/24 | More than a hundred colorful polished stone tiles have been recovered by the Temple Mount Sifting Project. The tiles reveal what the Temple Mount floors looked like in Herod’s time.   Read more…

Did the Carthaginians Really Practice Infant Sacrifice?

10/24 | One of the most debated questions in the study of the ancient world is whether or not the Carthaginians practiced human sacrifice—more specifically, the sacrifice of infants. Recent studies have   Read more…

Two D.C.-Area Archaeology Events

10/24 | Two D.C.-area archaeology events are being hosted by BAF and BASONOVA this October 2016.   Read more…


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