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Bible and Archaeology in the City by the Bay

12/14 | BAR editor Hershel Shanks talks about the highlights of this year’s Bible and Archaeology conferences in San Francisco.   Read more…

Mexico City Builds World’s Largest Nativity Scene

12/14 | Officials in Mexico City this week unveiled the world’s largest nativity scene, a sprawling 215,000-square-foot display that recreates dozens of Biblical passages related to the story of Jesus’ birth. The   Read more…

Was the Dead Sea Once Completely Dry?

12/13 | Researchers studying the history of the Dead Sea have found that around 120,000 years ago, the waters of the mineral-rich and super-buoyant lake may have almost completely dried up. With   Read more…

World Joins Effort to Solve City of David Mystery

12/12 | After archaeologists admitted they were completely stumped as to the meaning and function of three strange markings recently discovered during excavations near Jerusalem’s Gihon Spring (see “Strange Markings Puzzle City   Read more…

Archaeological Views: New Eyeballs on Ancient Texts

12/08 | The study of ancient texts—especially those that tell us most about the cultures from which the Bible emerged—is on the edge of a revolution. Dramatic new imaging technologies are just   Read more…

Board Games Were Status Symbols in the Ancient World

12/08 | In the ancient world, board games, one of the world’s oldest hobbies, were played not only to pass the time, but also to signify the wealth and status of the   Read more…

Strange Markings Puzzle City of David Archaeologists

12/07 | Excavations near the Gihon Spring in Jerusalem’s City of David have uncovered three strange V-shaped markings that have archaeologists completely stumped. The mysterious shapes, which each measure about 1.5 feet   Read more…

Cold War Spy Satellites Aid Archaeologists

12/06 | Thanks to the efforts of researchers at the University of Arkansas, archaeologists now have free access to thousands of high-resolution declassified satellite images taken of Israel and the Middle East   Read more…

Ancient Afghan Monastery Under Threat

12/05 | A nearly 2,000-year-old Buddhist monastery with fresco-decorated corridors and more than 150 painted statues of standing and reclining Buddhas is under threat from a planned copper mining operation. An international   Read more…

Israel Inaugurates “Gospel Trail”

12/01 | Israel’s Ministry of Tourism this week inaugurated the new “Gospel Trail,” a 40-mile-long route that will allow Christian tourists and pilgrims to follow Jesus’ trek from his hometown of Nazareth   Read more…


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