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Fruit in the Bible

10/29 | Seeds and fruit remains are exciting discoveries for archaeologists and they provide radiocarbon data to help date buried strata. Fruit also plays an important role in the Biblical narrative.   Read more…

The 10 Strangest Foods in the Bible

10/29 | 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…

Ancient Clay Tablet Offers New Insights into the Gilgamesh Epic

10/27 | An ancient clay tablet acquired in recent years by the Sulaymaniyah Museum in Iraq offers new insights into the Gilgamesh Epic.   Read more…

Renowned Collector Shlomo Moussaieff Dies at 92

10/25 | Shlomo Moussaieff, who owned the world’s largest private collection of Near Eastern antiquities, passed away in the summer of 2015 at the age of 92. What is the future of   Read more…

At Carthage, Child Sacrifice?

10/24 | Was child sacrifice really practiced at ancient Carthage? In “Infants Sacrificed? The Tale Teeth Tell” in the July/August 2014 issue of BAR, Patricia Smith discusses the research she and her   Read more…

Did the Carthaginians Really Practice Infant Sacrifice?

10/24 | One of the most debated questions in the study of the ancient world is whether or not the Carthaginians practiced human sacrifice—more specifically, the sacrifice of infants. Recently published studies   Read more…

The Masoretic Text and the Dead Sea Scrolls

10/20 | Do insights from the Dead Sea Scrolls add to the Masoretic text, and if so, should the original Hebrew Bible text be modified based this information? Scholars from both sides   Read more…

Apostasy in Judaism

10/19 | Did Jews have a faith crisis after the Second Temple destruction and the horrors that followed? In his Biblical Views column in the November/December 2015 issue of BAR, Jonathan Klawans   Read more…

Tomb of Apostle Philip Found

10/16 | Amid the remains of a fourth- or fifth-century church at Hierapolis, one of the most significant Christian sites in Turkey, archaeologist Francesco D’Andria found a first-century Roman tomb that he   Read more…

The Parables of Jesus

10/15 | Helmut Koester suggests that the parables of Jesus did not communicate a hidden meaning when they were told by Jesus—the parables of Jesus could be understood by all.   Read more…


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