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When Egyptian Pharaohs Ruled Bronze Age Jerusalem

05/20 | What were Egyptian pharaohs doing in Bronze Age Jerusalem? Peter van der Veen investigates an Egyptian presence before the time of David.   Read more…

Beth Shean in the Bible and Archaeology

05/19 | Beth Shean plays an important role in the Bible following the death of King Saul and as a major Israelite administrative center. Excavations over the past century have revealed what   Read more…

The Expulsion of the Hyksos

05/18 | In the 16th century B.C.E., Ahmose I overthrew the Hyksos and initiated the 18th Dynasty and the New Kingdom of Egypt. Recent archaeological discoveries at Tel Habuwa shed new light   Read more…

Danger: Biblical Scholar at Work

05/17 | Recently Ronald S. Hendel of the University of California, Berkeley, came under attack for promoting academic and critical Bible study. In BAR, Hendel explains how he and his scholarship have   Read more…

Site-Seeing: Petra’s Temple of the Winged Lions

05/16 | A new program led by the American Center of Oriental Research is, for the first time, allowing visitors to go beyond Petra’s monuments to actually discover and experience its past   Read more…

Who Tells the Truth—the Bible or Archaeology?

05/15 | Is the Hebrew Bible a bunch of tales with no value to a historian? Does archaeology hold the keys to truth instead? What are the limitations of both sources of   Read more…

The Doorways of Solomon’s Temple

05/11 | 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…

When Was the Hebrew Bible Written?

05/10 | When was the Hebrew Bible written? Ostraca with Hebrew inscriptions excavated from the Iron Age fortress at Arad in Israel may provide clues, say researchers from Tel Aviv University.   Read more…

First Person: Was the Dead Sea Scroll Community Celibate?

05/08 | One of the many fascinating questions about the Dead Sea Scroll community living at Qumran is whether its members were celibate. Did they marry and have children or not?   Read more…

Precursor to Paleo-Hebrew Script Discovered in Jerusalem

05/05 | Alan Millard examines the Proto-Canaanite script of the earliest alphabetic text ever found in Jerusalem. What can it tell us about literacy during the time of David and Solomon?   Read more…


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