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The Origin of Christianity

04/01 | Geza Vermes explores the origin of Christianity by examining the characteristics of the Jewish Jesus movement to see how it developed into a distinctly gentile religion.   Read more…

Daily Life in Ancient Israel

03/31 | What was life like for the tribes of Israel in the time of the Biblical Judges, the period archaeologists call Iron Age I (1200–1000 B.C.E.)?   Read more…

Israel Exploration Society’s Joseph Aviram Turns 100

03/30 | On March 16, 2016, Joseph Aviram, the working president of the Israel Exploration Society, turned 100 years old.   Read more…

Two D.C.-Area Archaeology Events

03/30 | Check out two D.C.-area archaeology lectures in April: “The Rebirth of a Roman Luxury Resort: Recent Archaeological Discoveries at the Seaside Villas at Stabiae” by Matthew Bell and Thomas Howe   Read more…

An Unexpected Consequence of the Christian Crusades

03/29 | The Fihrist, and the scholarship it represents, is one of the shining positives that emerged from the Crusades.   Read more…

What Were the Crusades and How Did They Impact Jerusalem?

03/29 | Some of the most famous churches in Jerusalem were built during the Christian Crusades by Crusaders wishing to memorialize sites they believed to have great Christian significance.   Read more…

Ancient Lullabies in Mesopotamia

03/28 | Parents worldwide and through the ages have longed for a magical cure for their crying babies. In his Archaeological Views column, David Bosworth examines ancient Mesopotamian lullabies used to soothe   Read more…

Ivory Pomegranate Revisited: A Relic from Solomon’s Temple?

03/23 | The famous inscribed ivory pomegranate, which, if authentic, may have been the head of a scepter from Solomon’s Temple, has endured decades of debate. Is the inscription real, or is   Read more…

Has Queen Nefertiti’s Tomb Been Located?

03/23 | Where is Queen Nefertiti’s tomb? Radar scans performed in King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber suggest that additional chambers lie behind the north and west walls.   Read more…

The ‘Gods of Egypt’ Movie: A Mess of Anachronisms and Exoticization

03/18 | Egyptologist Beth Ann Judas reviews the Gods of Egypt movie, describing it as portraying ancient Egyptian mythology with “fleeting moments of random accuracy.”   Read more…


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