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Two Brand New BAS Lecture Series

10/01 | Biblical Bad Boys and Digging into the Gospels   Read more…

Smut for Mut: Ancient Egyptian “Cult Fiction”

09/28 | Researchers recently translated a papyrus featuring a fictionalized hedonistic tale of ancient Egyptian ritual. The 1,900 year-old Demotic text tells stories of drinking, singing, feasting and ritual sex for the   Read more…

The Only Ancient Jewish Male Hair Ever Found

09/27 | The braided hair of a Jewish woman was found at Masada but until recently no example of preserved hair from a Jewish male had ever been found from the late   Read more…

Ancient Synagogue Discovered in Southern Turkey

09/27 | Archaeologists excavating at the ancient city of Limyra in southern Turkey recently uncovered the remains of an ancient synagogue, complete with a bath and menorah. Limyra was part of the   Read more…

Ein Zippori Discoveries Expose Wadi Rabah Culture

09/26 | The Israel Antiquities Authority recently announced the discovery of intricately detailed Neolithic and Chalcolithic artifacts at Ein Zippori in Israel. The artifacts, created between 8,000 B.C.E. and 3,000 B.C.E., include   Read more…

Daskyleion Inscriptions Reveal Phrygian and Lydian Populations

09/24 | Daskyleion, a first-millennium B.C.E. site in northwestern Turkey, may have been more cosmopolitan than previously believed. Linguists from Leiden University (Netherlands) recently analyzed pottery from the Persian occupation at Daskyleion   Read more…

New Evidence of Neolithic Dentistry

09/21 | Italian researchers working in Slovenia recently published the earliest known example of a dental filling. Traces of a beeswax filling were discovered in a 6,500 year-old left canine crown embedded   Read more…

First Person: Should Israel Return the Tablets of the Law to Egypt?

09/21 | In 1969, barely two years after the 1967 Six-Day War, a team of Israeli archaeologists made an exploratory excavation at the base of one of the numerous sites in the   Read more…

Have the Tombs of the Kings of Judah Been Found?: A Response

09/21 | In a 1987 issue of BAR, Hershel Shanks presented a summary of Amos Kloner’s 1986 article in which the Israeli archaeologist argues that the burial caves at the Dominican   Read more…

Historical Context

09/20 | The scrolls were written during a time of significant turmoil and strife between the Greek-influenced elite and the more traditional Jewish populations of Judea. From the time of Alexander the   Read more…


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