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Puzzling Finds from Kuntillet ‘Ajrud

08/15 | “Yahweh and his Asherah” is written across the top of this eighth-century B.C. drawing on a ceramic pithos from Kuntillet ‘Ajrud in the eastern Sinai. Some scholars have theorized that   Read more…

Solving the Enigma of Petra and the Nabataeans

08/15 | For every tourist who visits the ancient city of Petra in modern day Jordan, there is one breathtaking moment that captures all of the grandeur and mystery of this city   Read more…

Tarshish: Hacksilber Hoards Pinpoint Solomon’s Silver Source

08/15 | What is the location of Tarshish, the Biblical source of the Phoenician silver trade? A recent Hacksilber Project study points to Spain and Sardinia as the Biblical world’s source   Read more…

Pilgrims’ Progress to Byzantine Jerusalem

08/15 | Jerusalem has been revered as a holy city for millennia—with pilgrims a staple feature in its bustling streets. Egeria’s Travels and the journals of the Bordeaux Pilgrim and the Piacenza   Read more…

Ancient Egyptian Mummification

08/15 | A study recently published in PLOS ONE demonstrates that the ancient Egyptians began to embalm mummies 1,500 years earlier than previously thought.   Read more…

Job Challenges God by Suing: God Responds

08/15 | After losing his health, wealth and children in inexplicable tragedies, the righteous and devout man Job questions God as to what he must have done to deserve such a heavy   Read more…

The Shema‘ Yisrael

08/15 | The Shema‘ Yisrael from Deuteronomy 6:4 (“Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one”) is Judaism’s holiest confession. Today, we understand the passage as a monotheistic   Read more…

Biblical Pharisees and Jewish Halakhah

08/15 | The common perception of Biblical Pharisees is that they are a bunch of hypocrites. They taught others to follow Jewish halakhah (law) closely and interpreted detailed rules from the scriptures,   Read more…

A Feast for the Senses … and the Soul

08/15 | Go on a journey of the senses through history and discover the significance of ritual feasts and meals in antiquity.   Read more…

The Quest for the Historical Paul

08/14 | What can we reliably know about Paul and how can we know it? As is the case with Jesus this is not an easy question.   Read more…


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