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Searching for Biblical Mt. Sinai

04/01 | Where is Mt. Sinai? At a 2013 colloquium in Israel, an international group of scholars debated the question. At the center of the debate was Har Karkom, a mountain ridge   Read more…

How Ancient Taxes Were Collected Under King Manasseh

04/01 | Discovered during the Temple Mount Sifting Project, this seventh-century B.C.E. clay bulla inscribed in paleo-Hebrew script with the phrase “Gibeon, for the king” provides evidence for how ancient taxes were   Read more…

The Apostle Peter in Rome

03/31 | Brown University Religious Studies professor Nicola Denzey Lewis answers frequently asked questions about the apostle Peter. Denzey Lewis appears in the CNN series Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery, which aims   Read more…

The Royal Banquet Hall of King Herod the Great in Jerusalem

03/30 | A banqueting complex was recently identified just beside the Temple Mount. Dating to the time of King Herod the Great, it projects the splendor and comfort enjoyed by royal guests.   Read more…

Bet Shemesh Dig Uncovers 2,000-Year-Old Jewish Settlement

03/29 | Archaeologists discovered eight Jewish ritual baths, cisterns and a complex of underground hiding refuges at a 2,000-year-old settlement in Israel.   Read more…

Jesus’ Last Supper Still Wasn’t a Passover Seder Meal

03/28 | Many people still assume that Jesus’ Last Supper was a Seder, a ritual meal held in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Passover. In this exclusive Bible History Daily guest   Read more…

Did Pharaoh Sheshonq Attack Jerusalem?

03/27 | Israeli scholar Yigal Levin’s article “Did Pharaoh Sheshonq Attack Jerusalem” in the July/August 2012 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review examines the historical veracity of both the Egyptian Pharaoh’s account and   Read more…

Anna in the Bible

03/26 | Anna is one of the Bible’s most unusual women. Introduced at the end of the Birth Narrative (Luke 1:1-2:40), Anna concludes the sextet of named, pious Israelites surrounding the miraculous   Read more…

Jewish Captives in the Imperial City

03/26 | Ancient Rome was the superpower of its day. Yet, when the Romans conquered the tiny province of Judea and quashed the First Jewish Revolt in 70 C.E., it was actually   Read more…

The Staurogram

03/24 | The staurogram, a crucifixion symbol made out of the Greek letters tau-rho, is 200 years older than the oldest previously-known images of Jesus on the cross.   Read more…


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