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2,200-Year-Old Duck-Shaped Shovel Unearthed in Ancient Galilee

12/10 | A Hellenistic-period bronze incense shovel whose handle is shaped like the head and neck of a duck was discovered during excavations just west of the Sea of Galilee in northern   Read more…

Solomon, Socrates and Aristotle

12/09 | A wall painting found in the House of the Physician in Pompeii contains the earliest known depiction of a Biblical scene. Two onlookers in the crowd appear to be the   Read more…

Understanding the Jewish Menorah

12/09 | The Jewish menorah—especially the Temple menorah, a seven-branched candelabra that stood in the Temple—is the most enduring and iconic Jewish symbol. But what did the Temple menorah actually look like?   Read more…

Did I Find King David’s Palace?

12/08 | Excavator Eilat Mazar describes finding what she believes to be King David’s Palace in Jerusalem. Originally published in the January/February 2006 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review.   Read more…

King David’s Palace and the Millo

12/08 | In the study of Biblical archaeology, Biblical texts and archaeological finds must be examined critically and independently, but ultimately, they must be interpreted together. Such an approach can be applied   Read more…

The Tel Dan Inscription: The First Historical Evidence of King David from the Bible

12/08 | Few modern Biblical archaeology discoveries have attracted as much attention as the Tel Dan inscription—writing on a ninth-century B.C. stone slab (or stela) that furnished the first historical evidence of   Read more…

Hierapolis and the Gateway to Hell

12/04 | Italian archaeologists excavating the Phrygian city of Hierapolis in southwestern Turkey uncovered the remains of Pluto’s Gate, a site considered an entrance into the underworld in the Greco-Roman period.   Read more…

King Hezekiah in the Bible: Royal Seal of Hezekiah Comes to Light

12/03 | For the first time, the royal seal of King Hezekiah in the Bible has been found in an archaeological excavation.   Read more…

The Bethesda Pool, Site of One of Jesus’ Miracles

12/03 | The Bethesda Pool, where Jesus heals the paralytic man in the Gospel of John, is a complex site. It appears to have been a mikveh, or ritual bath. As the   Read more…

The Siloam Pool: Where Jesus Healed the Blind Man

12/03 | The Siloam Pool has long been considered a sacred Christian site, even if the correct identification of the site itself was uncertain. According to the Gospel of John, it was   Read more…


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