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First Person: Human Sacrifice to an Ammonite God?

09/23 | Were sons and daughters sacrificed in ancient times? Is there any archaeological evidence?   Read more…

Possible Byzantine Monastery Exposed near Beth Shemesh

09/22 | A large Byzantine-era compound outside of Beth Shemesh has recently been discovered. IAA archaeologists believe the compound, which contained olive oil and wine presses and colorful mosaics, was a monastery.   Read more…

Skilled Craftsmen, Not Slaves, Smelted Copper at Timna

09/18 | In a recently published study, scholars suggest that ancient metalworkers in the Timna Valley were not slaves, as popularly believed, but highly skilled craftsmen.   Read more…

Nehemiah—The Man Behind the Wall

09/17 | Few people are familiar with the Biblical figure Nehemiah, and yet he was instrumental in the rebuilding and reestablishment of Jerusalem in the fifth century B.C. following the Babylonian exile.   Read more…

The Tel Dan Inscription: The First Historical Evidence of King David from the Bible

09/17 | Few modern Biblical archaeology discoveries have attracted as much attention as the Tel Dan inscription—writing on a ninth-century B.C. stone slab (or stela) that furnished the first historical evidence of   Read more…

Why Study Prehistoric Israel?

09/16 | Studying prehistoric Israel can give us a better perspective on Israel in the Biblical period, says archaeologist Daniel Nadel.   Read more…

BAF Lecture: God’s Battle with Satan in the Book of Revelation

09/14 | On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, the Biblical Archaeology Forum will host the lecture “God’s Battle with Satan in the Book of Revelation” by Dr. Ian Boxall, associate professor of New   Read more…

Borrowing from the Neighbors

09/14 | Living in the Greco-Roman world, early Christians were able to draw from a set of rich artistic paradigms when they set out to depict their stories and beliefs in decorative   Read more…

Archaeologists to Probe Antikythera Shipwreck with Hi-Tech Diving Suit

09/10 | Maritime archaeologists will be returning to the Greek island of Antikythera this month to investigate the Antikythera Shipwreck—aided by a futuristic diving system called the Exosuit.   Read more…

The Jewish-Christian Schism

09/09 | In part four of his study on schisms in Jewish history, Lawrence H. Schiffman examines the Jewish-Christian schism.   Read more…


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