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The Oracle of Delphi—Was She Really Stoned?

12/14 | According to Strabo and other sources, the Pythia who gave prophecies on behalf of Apollo was inspired by mysterious vapors. Is there evidence that intoxicating gases actually drifted through the   Read more…

Neolithic Water Well Excavated Off Levantine Coast

12/11 | Maritime archaeologists working off the coast of Haifa, Israel, have partially excavated a 7,500-year-old water well. The water well supplied freshwater to a Neolithic period settlement at the site of   Read more…

Christmas Stories in Christian Apocrypha

12/10 | The modern Christmas nativity scene is drawn from apocryphal texts in addition to the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke.   Read more…

Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible

12/08 | Did Jesus of Nazareth, “the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5), really exist? What’s the evidence outside of the Bible? Classical and Jewish writings from the first several centuries C.E.   Read more…

Excavating the Bible—A Response

12/05 | In the September/October 2014 issue of BAR, Itzhaq Shai reviewed Yitzhak Meitlis’s book Excavating the Bible (Eshel Books, 2012). Here, Meitlis responds to Shai’s review.   Read more…

Yehoshua (Shuka) Dorfman (1950-2014)

12/05 | Yehoshua (Shuka) Dorfman, Director General of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), passed away in July 2014 at age 64. Despite having no formal archaeological training, Dorfman led the IAA for   Read more…

Yuval Peleg (1968-2014)

12/05 | Archaeologist Yuval Peleg was killed on June 26, 2014, in an excavation accident between Homesh and Karnei Shomron in the West Bank. The tragic incident occurred when the cave he   Read more…

Frankincense and Other Resins Were Used in Roman Burials Across Britain

12/05 | Archaeologists examining organic residues in Roman burials have for the first time confirmed the use of resins, including frankincense, in Roman funeral rites in Britain. In the Bible, frankincense was   Read more…

The Temple Mount in the Herodian Period (37 BC–70 A.D.)

12/03 | Archaeological architect Leen Ritmeyer presents drawings of the Temple Mount in the Herodian period.   Read more…

Hazor Excavations Co-Director Sharon Zuckerman Passes Away

12/01 | On November 28, 2014, Dr. Sharon Zuckerman passed away. Zuckerman was co-director of the Tel Hazor excavations and senior lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of   Read more…


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