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Open Context

08/18 | As data dissemination becomes an expected outcome of scholarship, researchers need supporting services to adequately describe and document, preserve, disseminate and understand and reuse digital data.   Read more…

Puzzling Finds from Kuntillet ‘Ajrud

08/15 | “Yahweh and his Asherah” is written across the top of this eighth-century B.C. drawing on a ceramic pithos from Kuntillet ‘Ajrud in the eastern Sinai. Some scholars have theorized that   Read more…

Pilgrims’ Progress to Byzantine Jerusalem

08/15 | Jerusalem has been revered as a holy city for millennia—with pilgrims a staple feature in its bustling streets. Egeria’s Travels and the journals of the Bordeaux Pilgrim and the Piacenza   Read more…

Ancient Egyptian Mummification

08/15 | A study recently published in PLOS ONE demonstrates that the ancient Egyptians began to embalm mummies 1,500 years earlier than previously thought.   Read more…

Biblical Pharisees and Jewish Halakhah

08/15 | The common perception of Biblical Pharisees is that they are a bunch of hypocrites. They taught others to follow Jewish halakhah (law) closely and interpreted detailed rules from the scriptures,   Read more…

A Feast for the Senses … and the Soul

08/15 | Go on a journey of the senses through history and discover the significance of ritual feasts and meals in antiquity.   Read more…

How Do BAR Readers Differ? You Tell Us

08/13 | A recent Gallup poll of more than a thousand American adults offered three different attitudes toward the Bible’s historical accuracy   Read more…

6,500-Year-Old Ur Skeleton Resurfaces in Penn Museum

08/12 | A 6,500-year-old skeleton from the site of Ur in present-day Iraq was recently rediscovered in the basement of the Penn Museum.   Read more…

The Samaritan Schism

08/11 | In part two of his study on schisms in Jewish history, Lawrence H. Schiffman examines the Samaritan schism.   Read more…

Unraveling Mummy Mysteries at Tulane

08/08 | Tulane University researchers are unveiling the mysteries of Egyptian artifacts that have been in the university collection for 160 years.   Read more…


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