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First Person: Art as Bible Interpretation

11/17 | To convey the meaning of Scripture, we commonly resort to words. That is how we explicate the text—with words. That’s also the case with those nonbiblical books denominated apocrypha, as   Read more…

The Masada Siege

11/17 | What do we know about the Roman siege of Masada? We must consider both the account given by Josephus and the surviving archaeological evidence in order to reconstruct what happened.   Read more…

Witnessing the Divine

11/17 | The legend of the magi has fired the imagination of Christians since the earliest times. In art, the adoration of the magi appeared earlier and far more frequently than any   Read more…

Mark and John: A Wedding at Cana—Whose and Where?

11/16 | In a guest post republished from his blog, James Tabor discusses the wedding at Cana from the Gospels of Mark and John. Whose wedding was this and why was Jesus   Read more…

Ancient Pergamon

11/15 | Ancient Pergamon’s strategic location along both land and sea trading routes contributed to its prosperity. Pilgrims from all over the Mediterranean region would flock to the city to engage in   Read more…

What Was Life Like for Roman Slaves?

11/15 | In the southwest of Asia Minor, at the site of Aphrodisias, Turkey, archaeology is providing new insight into the lives of Roman slaves, including a man named Zoilos who earned   Read more…

The Split of Early Christianity and Judaism

11/14 | Northern Renaissance painter Robert Campin’s Marriage of the Virgin dramatically captures the split of early Christianity and Judaism.   Read more…

Lachish: Open Access to BAR Articles on Lachish Archaeology

11/14 | Tel Lachish has a rich excavation history. To mark the opening of the fourth expedition to Lachish, we’ve made a collection of seven seminal BAR articles on the third expedition   Read more…

The Seleucid Akra: 2,200-Year-Old Jerusalem Fortress Uncovered?

11/13 | Archaeologists excavating in the City of David may have found the fortress that Seleucid King Antiochus constructed following his conquest of Jerusalem around 167 B.C.E.   Read more…

Was Jesus a Jew?

11/12 | Was Jesus a Jew? Some people claim that Jesus was a Christian. Some have claimed that he was an Aryan Christian. But in recent decades scholars have been returning to   Read more…


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