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Origins: 3.14159265…

03/14 | Why did the ancients invent increasingly subtle and ingenious methods to arrive at an exact value of pi? Human curiosity.   Read more…

Classical Corner: The Antonine Plague and the Spread of Christianity

03/13 | In 166 C.E., the Roman Empire was at the zenith of its power. The triumphant Roman legions, under the command of Emperor Lucius Verrus, returned to Rome victorious after having   Read more…

Who Were the Hittites?

03/12 | Archaeology tells us a lot about the Hittites—and the Neo-Hittites too. But it’s hard to reconcile this with the Hittites of the Bible.   Read more…

2,000-Year-Old Road Unearthed in Bet Shemesh

03/09 | Archaeologists working in Bet Shemesh, located 19 miles west of Jerusalem in Israel, discovered a Roman-period road near the modern Highway 375.   Read more…

Was Mary Magdalene Wife of Jesus? Was Mary Magdalene a Prostitute?

03/09 | Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? Was Mary Magdalene wife of Jesus? These are the questions that concern author Birger A. Pearson in his article “From Saint to Sinner.”   Read more…

King David’s Palace and the Millo

03/08 | In the study of Biblical archaeology, Biblical texts and archaeological finds must be examined critically and independently, but ultimately, they must be interpreted together. Such an approach can be applied   Read more…

The 10 Strangest Foods in the Bible

03/08 | 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…

Wilderness Wanderings: Where is Kadesh?

03/08 | In “Kadesh-Barnea—In the Bible and on the Ground” in the September/October 2015 issue of BAR, David Ussishkin, Lily Singer-Avitz and Hershel Shanks explore the archaeological evidence uncovered at Tell el-Qudeirat—believed   Read more…

First Person: Misogyny in the Bible

03/07 | According to scholar Christopher Rollston, there are many examples of the marginalization of women in the Bible.   Read more…

Biblical Bread: Baking Like the Ancient Israelites

03/07 | A team from the Tell Halif archaeological excavation made their own tannur, a traditional oven referenced in the Hebrew Bible, and baked bread in it.   Read more…


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