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Ancient Israel Through a Social Scientific Lens

09/29 | Archaeology has come a long way since 19th-century explorers first mapped Biblical sites. Two recent volumes highlight the value of a new interdisciplinary approach as archaeologist Avraham Faust explores Israelite   Read more…

Ophel Treasure Goes on Display at the Israel Museum

09/29 | The dazzling Ophel treasure discovered in 2013 is now on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.   Read more…

First Person: Human Sacrifice to an Ammonite God?

09/23 | Were sons and daughters sacrificed in ancient times? Is there any archaeological evidence?   Read more…

Possible Byzantine Monastery Exposed near Beth Shemesh

09/22 | A large Byzantine-era compound outside of Beth Shemesh has recently been discovered. IAA archaeologists believe the compound, which contained olive oil and wine presses and colorful mosaics, was a monastery.   Read more…

Skilled Craftsmen, Not Slaves, Smelted Copper at Timna

09/18 | In a recently published study, scholars suggest that ancient metalworkers in the Timna Valley were not slaves, as popularly believed, but highly skilled craftsmen.   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…

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

09/17 | 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…

Why Study Prehistoric Israel?

09/16 | Studying prehistoric Israel can give us a better perspective on Israel in the Biblical period.   Read more…

BAF Lecture: God’s Battle with Satan in the Book of Revelation

09/14 | On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, the Biblical Archaeology Forum will host the lecture “God’s Battle with Satan in the Book of Revelation” by Dr. Ian Boxall, associate professor of New   Read more…

Borrowing from the Neighbors

09/14 | Living in the Greco-Roman world, early Christians were able to draw from a set of rich artistic paradigms when they set out to depict their stories and beliefs in decorative   Read more…


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