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05/06 | The Dead Sea Scrolls have fascinated the world since their discovery 60 years ago. This collection of articles from Biblical Archaeology Review covers some of the major topics in Scrolls   Read more…

Phoenician Tombs Discovered in Southeastern Cyprus

05/03 | Renovations to the Larnaca sewer system exposed two Phoenician-period tombs in southeastern Cyprus last weekend. Dated between the 6th and 4th centuries B.C.E., the tombs may be associated with the   Read more…

First Temple Period ‘Matanyahu’ Seal Discovered in Jerusalem

05/02 | An Israel Antiquities Authority excavation in Jerusalem uncovered a small stone seal dating to the First Temple period earlier this week. The 8th-6th century B.C.E. personal seal was used to   Read more…

What is it? Answer to the BHD and Facebook discussion posted 1 May 2012

05/01 | Multiple Choices for this week’s What is it? discussion.   Read more…

Excavations at Beersheba Bus Station Expose the Heart of the Byzantine City

04/30 | When the Israel Antiquity Authority began excavating before renovations at the Beersheba bus station, they did not know that they were sitting just above the center of a Byzantine city.   Read more…

Mikva’ot in Galilean Caves Suggest Lives of Refuge and Religion

04/27 | Recent investigations have identified five mikva’ot (singular: mikveh), or Jewish ritual baths, in caves on the Galilean cliffs of Arbel, revealing the highly religious orientation of the inhabitants.   Read more…

What’s Funny About the Gospel of Mark?

04/26 | During her time at the 2011 conference of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Francisco, California, BHD contributing blogger Robin Gallaher Branch enjoyed a stimulating lecture by New Testament   Read more…

God Language in the New Testament

04/25 | Language can become controversial at times, as New Testament professor Ben Witherington III reveals in his Biblical Views column “Spirited Discourse About God Language in the New Testament,” in the   Read more…

Putting Faces to Roman Egypt’s Royal Twins

04/25 | New analysis of a sculpture from the Egyptian Museum reveals that it depicts Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene, the twin children of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Antony and Cleopatra’s children   Read more…

Prison Makes Way for the Holy Land’s Oldest Church

04/23 | Despite the great deal of fanfare surrounding its discovery, the third century C.E. Christian prayer hall discovered at Megiddo looks like anything but an archaeological tourist site. Likely the oldest   Read more…


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