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Ancient Cupping in Israel

08/15 | In ancient Israel, small, hollow, bell-shaped vessels were used in the medical treatment of cupping.   Read more…

King Midas and His Golden Touch at the Penn Museum

08/15 | The Penn Museum’s exhibit The Golden Age of King Midas showcases objects from a spectacular tomb believed to belong to King Midas’s father from Gordion in Turkey.   Read more…

Where Did Early Christian Monks Get Their Wealth?

08/15 | To the “holy poor” or the “real poor”—that is the question. To whom were alms to be directed? This question divided the early Christian monastic movement in the East.   Read more…

Jacob in the Bible

08/15 | Who did Jacob wrestle with in the Bible? Phyllis Trible connects this episode to her own struggle with feminism and the Bible in her Biblical Views column “Wrestling with Faith.”   Read more…

Jesus as Lord of the Dance

08/15 | The apocryphal Acts of John describe the dance of Jesus and the apostles. How widespread was the ritual of dance in Christian worship?   Read more…

Silver Hoard from Abel Beth Maacah Illuminates Biblical Border Town

08/15 | In their BAR Archaeological Views column, Abel Beth Maacah staff describe the excitement around the discovery of a Late Bronze Age silver hoard, one of the earliest ever found in   Read more…

Anna in the Bible

08/12 | 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…

Judith: A Remarkable Heroine, Part 2

08/12 | This article continues Robin Gallaher Branch’s earlier post discussing the character Judith, the remarkable heroine of the book bearing her name.   Read more…

Judith: A Remarkable Heroine

08/12 | The Book of Judith presents a truly remarkable heroine. Judith is introduced as a devout, shapely, beautiful and wealthy widow who exhibits characteristics equal to those of Israel’s finest warriors.   Read more…

Colorful Wall Paintings Excavated at Galilean Sepphoris

08/12 | For the first time at the ancient city of Sepphoris in Israel’s Galilee, wall painting fragments displaying figurative images have been discovered.   Read more…


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