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Possible Byzantine Monastery Exposed near Beth Shemesh

09/22 | A large Byzantine-era compound outside of Beth Shemesh has recently been discovered. IAA archaeologists believe the compound, which contained olive oil and wine presses and colorful mosaics, was a monastery.   Read more…

Skilled Craftsmen, Not Slaves, Smelted Copper at Timna

09/18 | In a recently published study, scholars suggest that ancient metalworkers in the Timna Valley were not slaves, as popularly believed, but highly skilled craftsmen.   Read more…

Why Study Prehistoric Israel?

09/16 | Studying prehistoric Israel can give us a better perspective on Israel in the Biblical period.   Read more…

BAF Lecture: God’s Battle with Satan in the Book of Revelation

09/14 | On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, the Biblical Archaeology Forum will host the lecture “God’s Battle with Satan in the Book of Revelation” by Dr. Ian Boxall, associate professor of New   Read more…

Borrowing from the Neighbors

09/14 | Living in the Greco-Roman world, early Christians were able to draw from a set of rich artistic paradigms when they set out to depict their stories and beliefs in decorative   Read more…

Archaeologists to Probe Antikythera Shipwreck with Hi-Tech Diving Suit

09/10 | Maritime archaeologists will be returning to the Greek island of Antikythera this month to investigate the Antikythera Shipwreck—aided by a futuristic diving system called the Exosuit.   Read more…

The Jewish-Christian Schism

09/09 | In part four of his study on schisms in Jewish history, Lawrence H. Schiffman examines the Jewish-Christian schism.   Read more…

Ancient Aramaic Business Records

09/07 | In “2,000 Ancient Aramaic Business Scribbles (including the delivery of 30 mice)” in the September/October issue of BAR, Ada Yardeni explains how inscribed ostraca provide us with a window into   Read more…

Viewing Petroglyphs as More than Scribbles

09/05 | Davida Eisenberg-Degen examines how rock drawings, or petroglyphs, in the Negev Desert provide a “direct entry to the lives and thoughts of real human beings.”   Read more…

1,500-Year-Old Christian Amulet References Eucharist

09/05 | A Christian amulet dating to the sixth century C.E.—one of the world’s earliest known Christian amulets—has recently been brought to light at the University of Manchester.   Read more…


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