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The Origins of “The Cherry Tree Carol”

10/11 | “The Cherry Tree Carol” is a Christmas carol that first appeared in 13th-century England; an American version was discovered in Appalachia in the 20th century. Stonehill College Biblical scholar Mary   Read more…

Jonah and the Whale

10/10 | The Book of Jonah is read in the synagogue on the afternoon of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, the sacred Day of Atonement. Why, of all   Read more…

Early Bronze Age: Megiddo’s Great Temple and the Birth of Urban Culture in the Levant

10/09 | Megiddo’s Great Temple is a structure that, according to its excavators, “has proven to be the most monumental single edifice so far uncovered in the EB I Levant and ranks   Read more…

Justinian Plague Linked to the Black Death

10/07 | Bacterial research has linked the Justinian Plague to the world’s most infamous affliction, the Black Death.   Read more…

The Cyprian Plague

10/07 | Archaeologists working in Thebes discovered a burial for victims of the 3rd-century C.E. Cyprian Plague.   Read more…

Ancient Latrine: A Peek into King Hezekiah’s Reforms in the Bible?

10/04 | A millennia-old latrine discovered at Tel Lachish in Israel could be evidence of King Hezekiah’s religious reforms enacted throughout the Kingdom of Judah in the eighth century B.C.E.   Read more…

Archaeological Views: Pottery in the Computer Age

10/03 | Archaeologist Andrea Berlin describes the Levantine Ceramics Project, an open-access, crowd-sourced public website devoted to ceramics produced anywhere in the Levant from the Neolithic era (c. 5500 B.C.E.) through the   Read more…

Fruit in the Bible

09/29 | Seeds and fruit remains are exciting discoveries for archaeologists and they provide radiocarbon data to help date buried strata. Fruit also plays an important role in the Biblical narrative.   Read more…

First Person: BAR Gives Away $50,000

09/28 | BAR is giving $50,000 in grants to professional archaeological excavations in Israel.   Read more…

What Does the Parable of the Talents Mean?

09/26 | Richard L. Rohrbaugh examines the Parable of the Talents’ meaning in his Biblical Views column “Reading the Bible Through Ancient Eyes” in BAR.   Read more…


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