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Jesus as Lord of the Dance

08/15 | The apocryphal Acts of John describe the dance of Jesus and the apostles. How widespread was the ritual of dance in Christian worship?   Read more…

Silver Hoard from Abel Beth Maacah Illuminates Biblical Border Town

08/15 | In their BAR Archaeological Views column, Abel Beth Maacah staff describe the excitement around the discovery of a Late Bronze Age silver hoard, one of the earliest ever found in   Read more…

Uncovering the Jewish Context of the New Testament

08/14 | Most Jewish readers approach the New Testament, if they approach it at all, with at best a certain unfamiliarity. This is unfortunate, according to Jewish New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine,   Read more…

The Origin of Christianity

08/14 | Geza Vermes explores the origin of Christianity by examining the characteristics of the Jewish Jesus movement to see how it developed into a distinctly gentile religion.   Read more…

Early Christian Art Symbols Endure after Iconoclast Attack

08/14 | Depictions of fish and fishermen can be found in the colorful floor mosaics at the sixth-century C.E. basilica at Horvat Beit Loya. The mosaics were defaced by iconoclasts in the   Read more…

Lachish: Open Access to BAR Articles on Lachish Archaeology

08/14 | Lachish was the second most important city in ancient Judah after Jerusalem. Read seven seminal BAR articles on the Lachish excavations for free.   Read more…

The “High Place” at Tel Gezer

08/13 | Tel Gezer’s first excavator, R.A.S. Macalister, believed there was a “high place” dedicated to child sacrifice at the Canaanite site. William G. Dever disagrees.   Read more…

Speaking in Tongues in the Bible

08/13 | Ben Witherington III addresses what happened at Pentecost in his Biblical Views column “Speaking in the Tongues of Men or Angels?” in the July/August 2015 issue of BAR.   Read more…

What Was Life Like for Roman Slaves?

08/13 | In the southwest of Asia Minor, at the site of Aphrodisias, Turkey, archaeology is providing new insight into the lives of Roman slaves, including a man named Zoilos who earned   Read more…

Which Altar Was the Right One in Ancient Israelite Religion?

08/13 | What do Iron Age altars tell us about Biblical sacrifices and worship in ancient Israelite religion?   Read more…


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