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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…

The Archaeological Quest for the Earliest Christians

12/01 | In part one of a two-part series, Douglas Boin presents new archaeological and historical research in the study of early Christianity.   Read more…

Tabitha in the Bible

11/27 | Luke, the writer of Luke-Acts, tells the story of Tabitha, a disciple brought back to life after prayer from the apostle Peter. After she is washed and laid out in   Read more…


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