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King Midas and His Golden Touch at the Penn Museum

01/15 | The Penn Museum’s new exhibit The Golden Age of King Midas will showcase objects from a spectacular tomb believed to belong to King Midas’s father from Gordion in Turkey.   Read more…

50 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically

01/12 | How many people mentioned in the Hebrew Bible have been confirmed archaeologically? Lawrence Mykytiuk reveals the surprising number—from Israelite kings to Mesopotamian monarchs—and some lesser figures as well.   Read more…

Thonis—A Major Egyptian Port Swallowed by the Sea

01/11 | At the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea off the Egyptian coast lies the spectacular port city of Thonis.   Read more…

What Did Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem Look Like?

01/10 | Fifty years ago, leading Israeli scholar Michael Avi-Yonah constructed a now-iconic model of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem. How accurate is it?   Read more…

Scandalous Women in the Bible

01/09 | Mary Magdalene, Jezebel, Rahab, Lilith. Today, each are popularly considered scandalous women in the Bible. Are these so-condemned salacious women misrepresented?   Read more…

A New Document Dated to Four Years After the Second Jewish Revolt

01/09 | During the First Jewish Revolt against Rome (66–70 C.E.), which ended with the destruction of the Temple, Jews minted their own coins dated to the first, second, third, fourth and,   Read more…

Rahab the Harlot?

01/09 | In the Book of Joshua, Rahab (a Biblical heroine nonetheless known as “Rahab the Harlot”) assisted two Israelite spies in escaping out a window and down the city wall of   Read more…

How Bad Was Jezebel?

01/09 | For more than two thousand years, Jezebel has been saddled with a reputation as the bad girl of the Bible, the wickedest of women. This ancient queen has been denounced   Read more…

Lilith

01/09 | In most manifestations of her myth, Lilith represents chaos, seduction and ungodliness. Yet, in her every guise, Lilith has cast a spell on humankind. Who is Lilith in the Bible?   Read more…

Was Mary Magdalene Wife of Jesus? Was Mary Magdalene a Prostitute?

01/09 | Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? Was Mary Magdalene wife of Jesus? These are the questions that concern author Birger A. Pearson in his article “From Saint to Sinner.”   Read more…


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