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Biblical Studies in the Digital Age

04/03 | In BAR, digital archaeologist Todd R. Hanneken provides an expert overview of innovative technologies his team uses to study an erased parchment manuscript of the Book of Jubilees, an extra-Biblical   Read more…

The Exodus: Fact or Fiction?

04/02 | Does archaeological evidence connect with Israel’s Exodus from Egypt—a central event in the Bible? Egyptian artifacts and sites show that the Biblical text does indeed recount accurate memories from the   Read more…

Baptismal Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” Added to UNESCO World Heritage List

04/02 | In 2015, UNESCO added the archaeological complex at Al-Maghtas, Jordan—called the Biblical “Bethany beyond the Jordan”—to its World Heritage List. Another tradition places the baptismal site on the west bank   Read more…

Who Was Moses? Was He More than an Exodus Hero?

04/02 | Who was Moses? Was he more than an Exodus hero? Discover the Biblical Moses with Peter Machinist in his article “The Man Moses.”   Read more…

Exodus in the Bible and the Egyptian Plagues

04/01 | The Book of Exodus describes ten Egyptian plagues that bring suffering to the land of pharaoh. Are these Biblical plagues plausible on any level?   Read more…

The “Strange” Ending of the Gospel of Mark and Why It Makes All the Difference

04/01 | James Tabor presents a fresh look at the original text of the earliest Gospel.   Read more…

Searching for Biblical Mt. Sinai

04/01 | Where is Mt. Sinai? At a 2013 colloquium in Israel, an international group of scholars debated the question. At the center of the debate was Har Karkom, a mountain ridge   Read more…

How Ancient Taxes Were Collected Under King Manasseh

04/01 | Discovered during the Temple Mount Sifting Project, this seventh-century B.C.E. clay bulla inscribed in paleo-Hebrew script with the phrase “Gibeon, for the king” provides evidence for how ancient taxes were   Read more…

The Apostle Peter in Rome

03/31 | Brown University Religious Studies professor Nicola Denzey Lewis answers frequently asked questions about the apostle Peter. Denzey Lewis appears in the CNN series Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery, which aims   Read more…

The Royal Banquet Hall of King Herod the Great in Jerusalem

03/30 | A banqueting complex was recently identified just beside the Temple Mount. Dating to the time of King Herod the Great, it projects the splendor and comfort enjoyed by royal guests.   Read more…


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