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Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel

06/14 | Did ancient Israelites write? Is there evidence apart from the Hebrew Bible? If so, what did they write? And who could write? Inscriptions on stone, notes and scribbles on pots   Read more…

A Minimalist Disputes His Demise: A Response to Philip Davies

06/13 | Yosef Garfinkel responds to Philip Davies’ response on the Bible and Interpretation Web site. In it, he accuses Yosef Garfinkel of “misrepresent[ing]” what minimalism is, of being a “careless and   Read more…

“Brother of Jesus” Proved Ancient and Authentic

06/13 | WASHINGTON D.C. (June 13, 2012)—A new analysis and new evidence proves that the controversial “Brother of Jesus” inscription on an ancient bone box, or ossuary, is authentic, according to the   Read more…

Ancient Sewer Systems Excavated at Persepolis

06/11 | Iranian archaeologists recently exposed over 60 feet of ancient sewer systems at Persepolis, the capital of ancient Persia under the Achaemenid dynasty. The archaeological investigation of the ancient sewer systems   Read more…

The Value of Relics and Biblical Artifacts Found in Israel

06/08 | To many professional archaeologists, “relic” is a dirty word. Biblical artifacts found to have a direct connection to a specific person or story in the Bible are sometimes denigrated as   Read more…

Explore Ancient Glassmaking at the Getty Villa

06/08 | Although not technically an exhibit catalog, Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity was directly inspired by the recently reinstalled Molten Color exhibit on display at the Getty Villa museum in Malibu,   Read more…

Spherical Jugs Reveal International Standardization in Ancient Measurements and Trade Systems

06/07 | Ancient measurements such as the hekat (volume) or the cubit (length) are well known to archaeologists. However, recent interdisciplinary research on spherical jugs suggests that across the Eastern Mediterranean, ancient   Read more…

The Art of Biblical Criticism

06/06 | In the May/June 2012 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Biblical scholar James A. Sanders reviews what he considers “an essentially new book and mandatory to any serious student of the   Read more…

Bountiful Hoard Discovered Near Kiryat Gat

06/06 | The Israel Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of a large quantity of precious Roman gold coins and jewelry in a Roman/Byzantine-era structure on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 near Kiryat Gat,   Read more…

Is Jesus’ Crucifixion Reflected in Soil Deposition?

06/04 | The Gospel of Matthew describes an earthquake during Jesus’ Crucifixion. Sediment disturbances mentioned in a recent article in the International Geology Review points to the Biblical earthquake and may give   Read more…


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