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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…

Bible Scholar Brent Landau Asks “Who Were the Magi”?

11/29 | A lost Syriac manuscript, the Revelation of the Magi, recently translated into English by Bible scholar Brent Landau, may help answer that key question from the Christmas story: “Who were   Read more…

Renovation Planned for Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity

11/29 | After centuries of neglect, the ancient and dilapidated roof of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity will finally undergo renovation next year. The roof of the 1,500-year-old church built by the   Read more…

Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Not Completed by King Herod

11/28 | Coins discovered beneath the foundations of Jerusalem’s Western Wall prove that Herod the Great did not even come close to completing construction on the Temple Mount compound. The coins, stamped   Read more…

Qumran Clothing Suggests Scroll Authors Were Essene

11/25 | A new study of more than 200 textile fragments recovered from the Qumran caves suggests the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls were part of the local Essene community. The   Read more…

Report Discusses Dramatic Decline of Jordan River

11/23 | According to a new report, 97 percent of the historical flow of the great Jordan River has been diverted to countries like Israel, Syria and Jordan that exploit the river’s   Read more…

“Abraham Path” Traces Biblical Tradition and a Path to Peace

11/22 | The Book of Genesis describes Abraham’s long journey with his family from Ur of the Chaldees in southern Mesopotamia to their eventual homeland in Canaan (Genesis 12:5). Now, archaeologists and   Read more…

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…


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