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Where Did Early Christian Monks Get Their Wealth?

01/25 | To the “holy poor” or the “real poor”—that is the question. To whom were alms to be directed? This question divided the early Christian monastic movement in the East.   Read more…

Ancient Egyptian Diseases: Oldest Case of Scurvy?

01/22 | A nearly 6,000-year-old infant skeleton uncovered at the ancient settlement of Nag el-Qarmila in Egypt may provide the earliest attested evidence of scurvy.   Read more…

To Jerusalem: Pilgrimage Road Identified?

01/18 | Archaeologists Yotam Tepper and Yigal Tepper describe what they believe to be a stone road about 10 miles northwest of Jerusalem on which ancient Jews would make their Jerusalem pilgrimage.   Read more…

King Midas and His Golden Touch at the Penn Museum

01/15 | The Penn Museum’s new exhibit The Golden Age of King Midas will showcase objects from a spectacular tomb believed to belong to King Midas’s father from Gordion in Turkey.   Read more…

50 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically

01/12 | How many people mentioned in the Hebrew Bible have been confirmed archaeologically? Lawrence Mykytiuk reveals the surprising number—from Israelite kings to Mesopotamian monarchs—and some lesser figures as well.   Read more…

Thonis—A Major Egyptian Port Swallowed by the Sea

01/11 | At the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea off the Egyptian coast lies the spectacular port city of Thonis.   Read more…

What Did Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem Look Like?

01/10 | Fifty years ago, leading Israeli scholar Michael Avi-Yonah constructed a now-iconic model of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem. How accurate is it?   Read more…

Scandalous Women in the Bible

01/09 | Mary Magdalene, Jezebel, Rahab, Lilith. Today, each are popularly considered scandalous women in the Bible. Are these so-condemned salacious women misrepresented?   Read more…

A New Document Dated to Four Years After the Second Jewish Revolt

01/09 | During the First Jewish Revolt against Rome (66–70 C.E.), which ended with the destruction of the Temple, Jews minted their own coins dated to the first, second, third, fourth and,   Read more…

Rahab the Harlot?

01/09 | In the Book of Joshua, Rahab (a Biblical heroine nonetheless known as “Rahab the Harlot”) assisted two Israelite spies in escaping out a window and down the city wall of   Read more…


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