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What Archaeology in the Galilee Tells Us About Daily Life in Ancient Israel

12/30 | Uzi Leibner’s new book reports the results of an archaeological survey of the eastern Galilee. The survey provides important details about Israel in the Roman period, as well as the   Read more…

New Index Helps Unravel Talmud’s Mysteries

12/29 | The Talmud, a massive, composite work of rabbinical discourse on Jewish law and scripture dating back to the sixth century C.E., can be formidable and difficult to penetrate, often requiring   Read more…

What Do Archaeologists Do With the Bible?

12/27 | In the July/August 2011 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Hershel Shanks’s First Person dealt with Ronny Reich’s new book, Excavating the City of David. In Reich’s book he commented on   Read more…

Jerusalem Seal Gives Evidence for Temple Ritual

12/27 | Archaeologists surveying the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount in the area of Robinson’s Arch have found a button-sized, first-century C.E. seal inscribed in Aramaic with the phrase “pure for   Read more…

Byzantine-era Bathhouse Unearthed Near Jerusalem

12/26 | Archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority have discovered a large, well-preserved Byzantine-era bathhouse in the Judean foothills about 20 miles west of Jerusalem. The bathhouse, which the archaeologists date to   Read more…

First Christmas Gift Doomed, Study Says

12/22 | Frankincense, the fragrant and aromatic resin that was one of the three famous gifts of the magi in the traditional Christmas story, could soon be no more. According to a   Read more…

The Discovery of King Solomon’s Wall—A Personal Account

12/21 | Eilat Mazar’s new book chronicles her career from its beginnings with her grandfather, famed Israeli archaeologist Benjamin Mazar, to her discovery of King Solomon’s wall at the Ophel in Jerusalem,   Read more…

Egyptian Violence Claims “Irreplaceable” Manuscript Collection

12/21 | As violent clashes erupted between protesters and Egyptian security forces in Cairo earlier this week, a 213-year-old downtown library was set ablaze, destroying thousands of rare maps and books, including   Read more…

Layers of Jerusalem Archaeology

12/20 | When you get involved in Jerusalem archaeology, you have to be ready to find just about anything from the city’s rich millennia-long history.   Read more…

Rare Cuneiform Inscription Found in Malta

12/20 | Archaeologists excavating an ancient sanctuary on the small, central Mediterranean island of Malta have discovered an agate stone inscribed with 13th-century B.C.E. cuneiform script. It is the farthest west the   Read more…


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