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Lyrical Antiquities

11/21 | Ronny Reich loves poetry—particularly German and Hebrew poetry. He especially enjoys translating it. He recently sent BAR editor Hershel Shanks a little piece that he entitled “Lyrical Antiquities,” a kind   Read more…

Project Maps Ancient Tombstones on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives

11/21 | Elad, the Jerusalem-based group that operates the City of David archaeological park, has begun a new initiative to map, photograph and record all of the Jewish tombstones from the Mount   Read more…

New Bible Museum Planned for Jerusalem

11/17 | The Israeli government this week approved plans for a new Jerusalem museum that will be dedicated to the Bible, Biblical studies and interfaith dialogue. The museum, which will feature a   Read more…

Rare Crusader Arabic Inscription Discovered

11/16 | According to Israeli antiquities officials, an 800-year-old marble slab recovered from the walls of Old Jaffa contains the only known Crusader inscription written in Arabic. The almost completely intact four-line   Read more…

Did Rumors Close Egypt’s Great Pyramid?

11/15 | After rumors and reports that various fringe groups were planning to hold rituals at the Great Pyramid of Giza on the rare date of 11/11/11, Egyptian antiquities officials decided to   Read more…

Condemned to Mine Copper

11/14 | Sending condemned prisoners to mine copper in the Faynan, Jordan, was a popular form of early Christian persecution in the Roman Empire. It was grueling work, and in the horrible   Read more…

In Search of Herod’s Tomb

11/14 | Rising above the Judean hills, the artificially conical mountain of Herodium still bears witness to the building prowess of its namesake, King Herod the Great. At this barren site southeast   Read more…

God’s Problem

11/11 | John Merrill reviews “God’s Problem” by Bart D. Ehrman   Read more…

Exploring the “Grand Canyon” of Israel

11/10 | In the heart of Israel’s Negev desert, about 50 miles south of Beersheba, sits Makhtesh Ramon, one of the largest craters on earth. The natural wonder, which measures more than   Read more…

The End of Biblical Studies

11/09 | John Merrill reviews “The End of Biblical Studies” by Hector Avalos   Read more…


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