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Digital Humanities: How Everyone Can Get a Library Card to the World’s Most Exclusive Collections Online

05/19 | What would happen if the Pope’s library were accidentally burnt? Or what if the Dead Sea Scrolls were damaged in some way? Learn how an emerging field of study   Read more…

Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: Not as Simple as A, B or C

05/16 | A Bible History Daily-exclusive contribution by “Bible in the News” author Leonard J. Greenspoon.   Read more…

Raphael Golb’s Dead Sea Scroll Conviction Affirmed By New York’s Highest Court

05/16 | On May 13, 2014, New York’s highest court affirmed the criminal conviction of Raphael Golb, son of Dead Sea Scroll scholar Norman Golb. The younger Golb had tried to support   Read more…

Excavating Ancient Pella, Jordan

05/15 | The fourth-century church historian Eusebius of Caesarea tells of the earliest Christians’ escape to Pella, Jordan, from Jerusalem just before the latter city was destroyed by the Romans in 70   Read more…

The Edomite Stronghold of Sela

05/15 | In one of the Old Testament’s colder and more brutal episodes, King Amaziah of Judah (c. 801–783 B.C.E.), after having slain nearly 10,000 Edomites in battle near the southern end   Read more…

Word Play

05/15 | 3,000 years ago, when alphabetic writing had just begun to spread across the masses of the ancient Near East, written words were far more than idle marks meant simply to   Read more…

Hanging Gardens of Babylon … in Assyrian Nineveh

05/13 | The Hanging Gardens of Babylon may not be Babylonian after all—they may have been 300 miles to the north at Assyrian Nineveh, planted by Sennacherib at the start of the   Read more…

Precursor to Paleo-Hebrew Script Discovered in Jerusalem

05/09 | Alan Millard examines the Proto-Canaanite script of the earliest alphabetic text ever found in Jerusalem. What can it tell us about literacy during the time of David and Solomon?   Read more…

Machaerus: Beyond the Beheading of John the Baptist

05/06 | Machaerus is the infamous setting of the beheading of John the Baptist. The historian Josephus corroborates a story from the Gospels in which John the Baptist condemned Herod Antipas’s marriage   Read more…

Herod Antipas in the Bible and Beyond

05/06 | Herod Antipas ruled Galilee in Jesus’ time. He succeeded his father, Herod the Great, and served as tetrarch from 4 B.C. until 39 A.D., almost exactly the lifetime of Jesus.   Read more…


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