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Scholars Seek Amateur Assistance

08/08 | This isn’t the way things are done. Usually great manuscript finds are studied and published by experts before they are put online, often as part of a grand digitization project   Read more…

Purity Paper Wins Prestigious Prize

08/08 | Death, disease and discharge of bodily fluids. What do these have in common? Not only can they be described as “gross” or “creepy,” they can render a person ritually impure   Read more…

Visiting the Israel Museum

08/07 | I have been to Jerusalem several times in the course of my fieldwork, ticking off the obvious sites as though working my way through a checklist: The City of David,   Read more…

Airport Expansion Reveals the Oldest Church in Iraq

08/06 | A 2007 expansion of an airport in Najaf, Iraq exposed the remains of the earliest known Christian church in Iraq. Originally built some 1,700 years ago, the remains require proper   Read more…

Ten Key Points on Authenticity of Artifacts

08/02 | Listen to Gabriel Barkay outline ten key points all scholars should agree on in judging issues of authenticity of artifacts.   Read more…

Colossal Neo-Hittite Statue Discovered at Tell Tayinat

07/31 | Excavations at Tell Tayinat in southeastern Turkey uncovered a monumental human sculpture from the ancient city of Kunulua, the capital of the Neo-Hittite Kingdom of Patina in the early first   Read more…

Lion Seal from Beth Shemesh Sparks Samson Discussion

07/30 | The recent discovery of a small 11th century B.C.E. seal at Beth Shemesh with a crude representation of a person next to a lion has sparked some to associate the   Read more…

The Olympic Games: How They All Began

07/27 | It’s back—that special two week festival, held every fourth summer, when elite athletes from all over the world gather to pummel one another in the spirit of brotherhood: the Olympic   Read more…

Rediscovering Jerusalem in the 1820s

07/26 | 190 years ago, a German tourist named Westphal visited Jerusalem and sketched a map of the city. German and Israeli researchers examining the cartography of 19th-century Palestine recently rediscovered the   Read more…


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