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Book of Nehemiah Found Among the Scrolls

05/15 | Norwegian scroll scholar Torleif Elgvin of Evangelical Lutheran University College in Oslo, Norway, announced that he and colleague Esther Eshel of Bar-Ilan University will be publishing a collection of more   Read more…

Reader’s Response

05/15 | We are lucky to have such a great depth of scholarly content to draw from, and even more lucky to have such an interesting and interested readership. We would love   Read more…

The Troubled Return of the James Ossuary

05/14 | Despite the March 14th verdict declaring collector Oded Golan not guilty on all counts of forgery, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) persists in its conflict with the defendant. Prosecutor Dan   Read more…

Archaeologists Discover “New” Ancient Language from the Eighth-Century B.C.E.

05/11 | When Cambridge archaeologist John MacGinnis examined a tablet listing the names of 60 women found at an Assyrian governor’s palace in southeastern Turkey, he noticed that most did not bear   Read more…

Fifty Years of Dead Sea Scroll Translation

05/11 | Fifty years have passed since a young scholar named Geza Vermes published the first Dead Sea Scrolls translation of the texts available at the time. The seventh edition of the   Read more…

With Age Comes Experience

05/10 | During her time at the 2011 conference of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Francisco, California, BHD contributing blogger Robin Gallaher Branch enjoyed many stimulating lectures, including one by   Read more…

Israeli Archaeologists Discover Byzantine Quarry and Possible Site of Sixth Century Miracle

05/09 | In the sixth century C.E. history The Buildings of Justinian, the Byzantine historian Procopius of Caesarea describes how God provided a miraculous supply of stone for the construction of the   Read more…

Using Ethnographic Analogy for Biblical Archaeology

05/09 | Anthropological archaeologist Jill Katz’s column “An Anthropologist’s View of Early Israel” in the May/June 2012 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review discusses how ethnographic analogy and other anthropological tools can be   Read more…

Breaking News—Evidence of Cultic Activity in Judah Discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa

05/08 | The exciting finds just keep coming at Khirbet Qeiyafa. This unique, fortified Judahite city on the border with Philistia had a short-lived existence between 1020 and 980 B.C.E., according to   Read more…

Qeiyafa Ostracon Relates the Birth of the Kingdom of Israel

05/07 | Gerard Leval presents French epigrapher Émile Puech’s interpretation of the Qeiyafa Ostracon as the earliest text on the formation of the Kingdom of Israel and the only artifact referencing King   Read more…


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