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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…

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…

Sifting Antiquity on the Temple Mount Sifting Project

10/20 | Archaeological excavations are prohibited on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, though one project—the Temple Mount Sifting Project—has been analyzing soil that came from the Temple Mount since 2004. Learn the   Read more…

Gold Nero Coin Comes to Light in Jerusalem

10/17 | A rare gold coin depicting Roman emperor Nero was unearthed in excavations just outside the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel. This coin is especially significant because it was discovered   Read more…

Jesus Was a Refugee

10/15 | With news that over a million refugees have in the last year fled to Europe, scholar Joan E. Taylor says that it’s worth remembering that Jesus’ earliest years were, according   Read more…

Who Were the Ammonites, Moabites and Edomites in the Bible?

10/12 | During the Iron Age, when Israel and Judah ruled Canaan, the kingdoms of Ammon, Moab and Edom ruled east of the Jordan River. They and their gods are featured in   Read more…

The Origins of “The Cherry Tree Carol”

10/11 | “The Cherry Tree Carol” is a Christmas carol that first appeared in 13th-century England; an American version was discovered in Appalachia in the 20th century. Stonehill College Biblical scholar Mary   Read more…

Jonah and the Whale

10/10 | The Book of Jonah is read in the synagogue on the afternoon of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, the sacred Day of Atonement. Why, of all   Read more…


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