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12,000-Year-Old Shaman Funeral Reflects Natufian-Period Changes

09/21 | Archaeologists discovered in a cave in Israel the 12,000-year-old grave of a shaman. According to researchers, the unusual burial reflects the social changes that accompanied the transition from a foraging   Read more…

What Did Gladiators Eat?

09/19 | A study published in PLOS ONE suggests that gladiators really did eat mostly plants and may have drunk an ash tonic as described by ancient authors.   Read more…

Does the Gospel of Mark Reveal Jesus’ Anger or His Compassion?

09/18 | In the fifth-century C.E. Codex Bezae, an early edition of the New Testament written in Greek, the Gospel of Mark describes Jesus’ anger before healing a leper (Mark 1:41). While   Read more…

Searching for Biblical Mt. Sinai

09/18 | 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…

Jethro in the Bible

09/18 | Read the article by Nobel Prize recipient Elie Wiesel as it appeared in Bible Review.   Read more…

The Doorways of Solomon’s Temple

09/18 | In the Bible, the inner shrine of Solomon’s Temple is described as having five mezuzot. What are they? The question has puzzled Biblical scholars for centuries. Does a recently discovered   Read more…

How Bad Was Jezebel?

09/17 | For more than two thousand years, Jezebel has been saddled with a reputation as the bad girl of the Bible, the wickedest of women. This ancient queen has been denounced   Read more…

Nehemiah—The Man Behind the Wall

09/17 | Few people are familiar with the Biblical figure Nehemiah, and yet he was instrumental in the rebuilding and reestablishment of Jerusalem in the fifth century B.C. following the Babylonian exile.   Read more…

Gospel of John Commentary: Who Wrote the Gospel of John and How Historical Is It?

09/17 | The Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament, tell the story of the life of Jesus. Yet only one—the Gospel of John—claims to be an eyewitness account, the   Read more…

The Stones of Herod’s Temple Reveal Temple Mount History

09/15 | Building and furnishing the Herodian Temple involved more than stone quarrying and laying, but the stones and foundations of Herod’s Temple can give us clues to Temple Mount history.   Read more…


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