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You Are What You Eat: The Israelite Diet and Archaeology

11/14 | Pigs weren’t part of the Israelite diet. Therefore if you are excavating and find lots of pig bones at your site, it can’t be Israelite—or can it? A new survey   Read more…

Two D.C.-Area Archaeology Events

11/14 | The Washington, D.C.-area Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia and Biblical Archaeology Forum will host the lectures “Egypt and Canaan—A Political and Cultural Encounter” by Daphna Ben-Tor (November 20) and   Read more…

50 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically

11/12 | How many people mentioned in the Hebrew Bible have been confirmed archaeologically? Lawrence Mykytiuk reveals the surprising number—from Israelite kings to Mesopotamian monarchs—and some lesser figures as well.   Read more…

Who Is Satan?

11/10 | Does our modern conception of Satan have any resemblance to the devil in the Bible? Just who is Satan?   Read more…

Ashkelon Through the Ages

11/08 | The Israel Museum, Jerusalem exhibit “Ashkelon: A Retrospective. 30 Years of the Leon Levy Expedition” is on display at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum in Jerusalem through August 5, 2017.   Read more…

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

11/08 | 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…

First Person: Why Consult Scholarship to Judge “Jesus’ Wife” Fragment?

11/04 | BAR editor Hershel Shanks discusses a recent article in the Atlantic unmasking a fake ancient inscription in which Jesus refers to “my wife.”   Read more…

The Enduring Symbolism of Doves

11/02 | Few symbols have a tradition as long and as rich as the dove. Read about what it represents and how its use has been shared, adapted and reinterpreted across cultures   Read more…

The Bible in the News: So It Sayeth

11/02 | What does the popular press say about the word “sayeth” and the Bible? BAR “Bible in the News” author Leonard J. Greenspoon explores this in his last column in the   Read more…

Hezekiah’s Tunnel Reexamined

11/02 | For more than a hundred years, an extraordinary water tunnel in Jerusalem has been attributed to King Hezekiah, who dug it to protect the city’s water supply during the Assyrian   Read more…


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