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How Ancient Jews Dated Years

08/16 | During the First Jewish Revolt against Rome (66–70 C.E.), which ended with the destruction of the Temple, Jews minted their own coins dated to the first, second, third, fourth and,   Read more…

Ancient Combat Sports

08/16 | Three ancient Olympic combat events—wrestling, boxing and pancratium—reveal much about the aspirations and values of ancient Greece, about what was deemed honorable, fair and beautiful, both in the eyes of   Read more…

What Is Coptic and Who Were the Copts in Ancient Egypt?

08/15 | When did the ancient Egyptians stop writing in hieroglyphs, and what came next? From the fourth to ninth centuries C.E., Egypt was predominantly Christian. During this time, the language used   Read more…

Ancient Cupping in Israel

08/15 | In ancient Israel, small, hollow, bell-shaped vessels were used in the medical treatment of cupping.   Read more…

King Midas and His Golden Touch at the Penn Museum

08/15 | The Penn Museum’s exhibit The Golden Age of King Midas showcases objects from a spectacular tomb believed to belong to King Midas’s father from Gordion in Turkey.   Read more…

Where Did Early Christian Monks Get Their Wealth?

08/15 | To the “holy poor” or the “real poor”—that is the question. To whom were alms to be directed? This question divided the early Christian monastic movement in the East.   Read more…

The Shema‘ Yisrael

08/15 | In BAR, Armin Lange and Esther Eshel discuss a Jewish amulet that contains one of the earliest monotheistic readings of Deuteronomy.   Read more…

Jacob in the Bible

08/15 | Who did Jacob wrestle with in the Bible? Phyllis Trible connects this episode to her own struggle with feminism and the Bible in her Biblical Views column “Wrestling with Faith.”   Read more…

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…


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