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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…

The Virgin Mary and the Prophet Muhammad

11/01 | The Virgin Mary and the prophet Muhammad have a lot in common within their respective Christian and Islamic traditions, according to author Mary Joan Winn Leith.   Read more…

What Does the Bible Say About Tattoos?

10/31 | Although Leviticus 19:28 clearly prohibits tattoos, it does not give an explicit reason why. This begs the question: Why does the Bible prohibit tattoos?   Read more…

The Magdala Stone: The Jerusalem Temple Embodied

10/27 | For a people living in the diaspora, unable to visit the Jerusalem Temple frequently, what kept the memory and centrality of the Temple fresh in their minds? An intriguing stone   Read more…

The Third Wall of Jerusalem: Where Romans and Jews Battled

10/26 | Archaeologists believe they have located remains of the elusive Third Wall of Jerusalem described by ancient historian Josephus. According to Josephus, Jewish rebels completed this wall leading up to the   Read more…


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