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The Nag Hammadi Codices and Gnostic Christianity

07/01 | Until the discovery of the Nag Hammadi codices in 1945, the Gnostic view of early Christianity had largely been forgotten. The teachings of Gnostic Christianity—vilified especially since they were declared   Read more…

George Washington and King David

07/01 | Hershel Shanks connects George Washington with Biblical archaeology and King David.   Read more…

Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Seder?

07/01 | Many people assume that Jesus’ Last Supper was a Seder, a ritual meal held in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Passover. And indeed, according to the Gospel of Mark   Read more…

Ancient Scribe Links Qumran Scrolls to Masada

07/01 | There has been a great deal written about the community of scribes that penned the Qumran scrolls. These studies rarely focus on an individual ancient scribe; they generally focus on   Read more…

Prehistoric Parasite Bloomed with Mesopotamian Farming

07/01 | A parasite egg discovered in a 6,200-year-old skeleton in Syria has provided the earliest known evidence that the use of irrigation in farming triggered the spread of the schistosome parasite.   Read more…

Gospel of John Commentary: Who Wrote the Gospel of John and How Historical Is It?

07/01 | The Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament, tell the story of the life of Jesus. Yet only one—the Gospel of John—claims to be an eyewitness account, the   Read more…

Minoan Frescoes at Tel Kabri

07/01 | Over 100 years of excavations on Crete have exposed elegant Minoan frescoes that once adorned the walls of the island’s Bronze Age palaces. This distinctively colorful Aegean art style flourished   Read more…

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

07/01 | 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…

The “Original” Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls

06/27 | For centuries, Bible scholars examined two ancient texts to elucidate the original language of the Bible: the Masoretic Text and the Septuagint. Hebrew University of Jerusalem scholar Emanuel Tov suggests   Read more…

Were 50,000 Soldiers Buried By a Sandstorm?

06/26 | The disappearance of a 50,000-soldier army provides a tantalizing mystery for archaeologists—what happened? Were they really buried in a massive sandstorm? Not likely, according to Egyptologist Olaf Kaper.   Read more…


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