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Judith: A Remarkable Heroine

08/12 | The Book of Judith presents a truly remarkable heroine. Judith is introduced as a devout, shapely, beautiful and wealthy widow who exhibits characteristics equal to those of Israel’s finest warriors.   Read more…

Colorful Wall Paintings Excavated at Galilean Sepphoris

08/12 | For the first time at the ancient city of Sepphoris in Israel’s Galilee, wall painting fragments displaying figurative images have been discovered.   Read more…

The Animals Went in Two by Two, According to Babylonian Ark Tablet

08/10 | A recently translated Old Babylonian flood tablet describes how to build a circular ark.
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The Fishy Secret to Ancient Magdala’s Economic Growth

08/09 | Historical sources say that the export of salted fish at Magdala was so successful that it soon became a self-sustaining town. What does the archaeology reveal?   Read more…

Lydia and Tabitha in the Bible

08/08 | While the majority of the leaders of the early Christian church were men, the New Testament describes several prominent women leaders as well. Teresa Calpino analyzes two of these women—Tabitha   Read more…

Christmas Stories in Christian Apocrypha

08/02 | The modern Christmas nativity scene is drawn from apocryphal texts in addition to the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke.   Read more…

No, No, Bad Dog: Dogs in the Bible

08/01 | Dogs—or celeb in Hebrew—were not well loved in the Bible. Given the negative associations with dogs, it is surprising that one of the great Hebrew spies bears this name.   Read more…

Liberator of the Nag Hammadi Codices

07/31 | A cache of ancient Christian Gnostic texts was found near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in 1945—two years before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Similar to the situation with the   Read more…

The 10 Strangest Foods in the Bible

07/29 | Many Biblical stories are set within the context of a meal. While most of these are about regular meals, others refer to more bizarre, extreme or supernatural cases of eating   Read more…

The Renewed Excavations at Tel Dan

07/29 | After a four-year hiatus, the Hebrew Union College is back excavating at Tel Dan, the site where the famous Tel Dan inscription—the first extra-Biblical evidence of King David—was discovered.   Read more…


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