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Proto-Aeolic Capital Associated with Judah’s Longest Spring Tunnel

05/01 | A one-of-a-kind proto-aeolic capital still attached to its base is associated with a 525-foot-long tunnel system, the largest and most impressively hewn spring tunnel in the region.   Read more…

Myra, Turkey: St. Nicholas’s Christian Capital

05/01 | The 4th-century bishop of Myra, later canonized as St. Nicholas (and commonly remembered as Santa Claus), shaped the development of the Christian city before being buried at Myra.   Read more…

How to Make a Mudbrick

05/01 | While perhaps not all BAR readers have the time and resources to replicate an Iron Age gate or Byzantine mosaic, anyone can make a mudbrick! The recipe is simple—and the   Read more…

An Unexpected Consequence of the Christian Crusades

04/30 | The Fihrist (meaning “the catalogue”) is a compendium of all of the significant written works on religion, the humanities and science available at the end of the first millennium A.D.   Read more…

What Did Jesus Really Look Like?

04/30 | What did Jesus look like? In “Painting a Portrait of Jesus,” D. Moody Smith examines the difficulties in answering this question.   Read more…

Ancient Samaria and Jerusalem

04/30 | Jill Katz explains how the field of urban anthropology can shed light on the ideological differences between Jerusalem and Samaria.   Read more…

Scandalous Women in the Bible

04/28 | Mary Magdalene, Jezebel, Rahab, Lilith. Today, each are popularly considered scandalous women in the Bible. Are these so-condemned salacious women misrepresented?   Read more…

Rigged Wrestling: The Ancient Fix Is In

04/25 | A recently translated document reveals that some ancient athletes—like some of their modern counterparts—sacrificed their integrity for the sake of a good show, or swindled audiences for the sake of   Read more…

What Happened to Cain in the Bible?

04/25 | What happened to Cain in the Bible? In the Book of Genesis, we are told about Cain’s birth, his violent act of fratricide and his subsequent exile. We learn that   Read more…

The Athenian Acropolis

04/25 | Harrison Eiteljorg’s article “Antiquity’s High Holy Place: The Athenian Acropolis” was originally published in the November/December 2004 issue of Archaeology Odyssey. BAS Library Members can read every article ever published   Read more…


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