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Sifting Antiquity on the Temple Mount Sifting Project

10/20 | Archaeological excavations are prohibited on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, though one project—the Temple Mount Sifting Project—has been analyzing soil that came from the Temple Mount since 2004. Learn the   Read more…

Gold Nero Coin Comes to Light in Jerusalem

10/17 | A rare gold coin depicting Roman emperor Nero was unearthed in excavations just outside the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel. This coin is especially significant because it was discovered   Read more…

Jesus Was a Refugee

10/15 | With news that over a million refugees have in the last year fled to Europe, scholar Joan E. Taylor says that it’s worth remembering that Jesus’ earliest years were, according   Read more…

Who Were the Ammonites, Moabites and Edomites in the Bible?

10/12 | During the Iron Age, when Israel and Judah ruled Canaan, the kingdoms of Ammon, Moab and Edom ruled east of the Jordan River. They and their gods are featured in   Read more…

The Origins of “The Cherry Tree Carol”

10/11 | “The Cherry Tree Carol” is a Christmas carol that first appeared in 13th-century England; an American version was discovered in Appalachia in the 20th century. Stonehill College Biblical scholar Mary   Read more…

Jonah and the Whale

10/10 | The Book of Jonah is read in the synagogue on the afternoon of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, the sacred Day of Atonement. Why, of all   Read more…

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

10/09 | 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…

Justinian Plague Linked to the Black Death

10/07 | Bacterial research has linked the Justinian Plague to the world’s most infamous affliction, the Black Death.   Read more…

The Cyprian Plague

10/07 | Archaeologists working in Thebes discovered a burial for victims of the 3rd-century C.E. Cyprian Plague.   Read more…

Ancient Latrine: A Peek into King Hezekiah’s Reforms in the Bible?

10/04 | A millennia-old latrine discovered at Tel Lachish in Israel could be evidence of King Hezekiah’s religious reforms enacted throughout the Kingdom of Judah in the eighth century B.C.E.   Read more…


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