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Asherah and the Asherim: Goddess or Cult Symbol?

11/04 | Who is Asherah? What is asherah? The reference may be to a particular goddess, a class of goddess or a cult symbol used to represent the goddess. It is sometimes   Read more…

Who Was Jesus’ Biological Father?

11/03 | Was Joseph Jesus’ biological father? If not, who was Jesus’ biological father? Andrew Lincoln examines what early Christians thought about conception and explains how views about this subject have changed   Read more…

Phaistos Disk Deciphered? Not Likely, Say Scholars

10/30 | A Bronze Age artifact that has eluded decipherment for over a century has finally been decoded—so claims linguist Gareth Owens. This article presents reactions by Aegean Bronze Age script experts.   Read more…

On the Shoulders of Giants: Directing Jerusalem’s Albright Institute

10/27 | Matthew J. Adams explains the challenges of taking over the directorship of the Albright—including an unexpected complication that happened during his first month as director.   Read more…

What Did Gladiators Eat?

10/24 | A study recently published in PLOS ONE suggests that gladiators really did eat mostly plants and may have drunk an ash tonic as described by ancient authors.   Read more…

Why Did the Magi Bring Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh?

10/23 | Were the gifts of the magi meant to save Jesus from the pain of arthritis? It’s possible, according to researchers at Cardiff University in Wales who have been studying the   Read more…

High Places, Altars and the Bamah

10/22 | The open-air altar shrine, called a bamah (plural bamot), is known through several books of the Biblical canon. Often referred to as “high places” in translations of the Bible, bamot   Read more…

Rare Inscription Dedicated to Hadrian Found in Jerusalem

10/21 | IAA excavations north of Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate have uncovered a stone fragment engraved with an official Latin inscription dedicated to the Roman emperor Hadrian.   Read more…

The Starbucks Guide to Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology

10/21 | Tourists buy a variety of souvenirs when visiting new places. Author Mark Wilson usually brings home only one thing—Starbucks mugs featuring archaeological sites.   Read more…

Everyday Eves

10/20 | Carol L. Meyers points out in “‘Eves’ of Everyday Ancient Israel” in the November/December 2014 issue of BAR that women are significantly underrepresented in the Bible, and thus very little   Read more…


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