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Extraterrestrial Elements in Egyptian Equipment

05/31 | Where did Egyptians get the iron to make the beads found in a fourth-millennium-B.C.E. cache at the Gerzeh cemetery? Scholars have long been mystified by the discovery, which predates evidence   Read more…

Left-Handed People in the Bible

05/31 | The Hebrew Bible mentions left-handed people on three occasions: the story of Ehud’s assassination of the Moabite king (Judges 3:12–30), the 700 Benjamites who could use the sling with deadly   Read more…

A Sefer Torah in the Bologna Library May Be the Oldest Known Torah Scroll

05/30 | Italian scholar Mauro Perani dated a Sefer Torah scroll from the University of Bologna Library to the 12–13th centuries C.E., making the manuscript the world’s oldest extant Sefer Torah   Read more…

Lod at the Louvre

05/24 | One of the most exceptional and well-preserved mosaics ever to be discovered in the Holy Land is now on view in the world’s most visited museum.   Read more…

Curtains Rise at the Theater of Messene after 1,700-Year Intermission

05/22 | The seats of Messene’s grand theater in the south-western Peloponnese have remained empty since 300 C.E. After 20 years of excavation and restoration, the theater will be reopened—as both an   Read more…

Geza Vermes (1924–2013)

05/20 | My friend Geza Vermes is dead. He was, most famously, the intellectual leader in the fight to free the Dead Sea Scrolls from the small coterie of scholars who was   Read more…

Hidden in Plain Sight—Painted Phoenician Ivories

05/20 | French and German researchers recently discovered nearly-invisible traces of metal on Phoenician ivories, suggesting the presence of dyes including copper-based Egyptian blue and iron-based hematite, according to a recent X-ray   Read more…

A Magnificent Mosaic from Byzantine Israel

05/15 | The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced the discovery of a well-preserved and ornate Byzantine-era mosaic at Kibbutz Bet Qama in southern-central Israel.   Read more…

The “Gabriel Stone” on Display

05/13 | James Tabor describes Israel Knohl’s changed interpretation of the critical line discussing the resurrection of the dead after three days of “Gabriel’s Revelation.”   Read more…

Archaeological Technology

05/10 | Archaeology is quickly moving into a new era. While archaeologists aren’t ready to forgo their trowels just yet, the introduction of a new 21st-century toolkit has already transformed the field.   Read more…


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