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Understanding the Jewish Menorah

06/01 | The Jewish menorah—especially the Temple menorah, a seven-branched candelabra that stood in the Temple—is the most enduring and iconic Jewish symbol. But what did the Temple menorah actually look like?   Read more…

Dead Sea Scroll Mystery

05/30 | Hershel Shanks’s First Person in the May/June 2014 issue of BAR   Read more…

Cylinder Seals: A Better Impression

05/23 | How did Mesopotamians know whose pottery was whose? They signed them—but not like we do today. They used tiny cylinder seals carved with ornate decorations, and new 360-degree photography shines   Read more…

Masada Frescoes Restored and Returned

05/23 | Maurizio Tagliapietra with the restored frescoes at Masada, in a photo by Ilan Assayag from the Hebrew-language Haaretz publication.Frescoes uncovered during Yigael Yadin’s celebrated excavations   Read more…

The Oldest Reference to Israel

05/22 | Explore ancient texts in a video lecture presented by Jacob L. Wright.   Read more…

Early Bronze Age: Megiddo’s Great Temple and the Birth of Urban Culture in the Levant

05/21 | Megiddo’s Great Temple is a structure that, according to its excavators, “has proven to be the most monumental single edifice so far uncovered in the EB I Levant and ranks   Read more…

Digital Humanities: How Everyone Can Get a Library Card to the World’s Most Exclusive Collections Online

05/19 | What would happen if the Pope’s library were accidentally burnt? Or what if the Dead Sea Scrolls were damaged in some way? Learn about how an emerging field of study   Read more…

Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: Not as Simple as A, B or C

05/16 | A Bible History Daily-exclusive contribution by “Bible in the News” author Leonard J. Greenspoon.   Read more…

Raphael Golb’s Dead Sea Scroll Conviction Affirmed By New York’s Highest Court

05/16 | On May 13, 2014, New York’s highest court affirmed the criminal conviction of Raphael Golb, son of Dead Sea Scroll scholar Norman Golb. The younger Golb had tried to support   Read more…

Excavating Ancient Pella, Jordan

05/15 | The fourth-century church historian Eusebius of Caesarea tells of the earliest Christians’ escape to Pella, Jordan, from Jerusalem just before the latter city was destroyed by the Romans in 70   Read more…


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