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Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations

07/22 | Archaeologist, feminist, stateswoman and Iraq’s first director of antiquities, Gertrude Bell frequently traveled where no Western woman had gone before. Georgina Howell’s Gertrude Bell biography, reviewed here by Julia M.   Read more…

A Tomb in Jerusalem Reveals the History of Crucifixion and Roman Crucifixion Methods

07/22 | In the history of crucifixion, the death of Jesus of Nazareth stands out as the best-known example by far. Crucifixion in antiquity was actually a fairly common punishment, but there   Read more…

The Dead Sea is Dying

07/21 | The Dead Sea, which is in contention to be named one of the Seven Wonders of Nature as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is dying at the rate   Read more…

Biblical and Historical Turkey: Sites to See

07/20 | Explore the archaeology and history of Turkey! Sites to see include Ephesus, one of the most famous Biblical places to go in Turkey. Prepare for your upcoming visit to Turkey   Read more…

The Masoretic Text and the Dead Sea Scrolls

07/20 | Do insights from the Dead Sea Scrolls add to the Masoretic text, and if so, should the original Hebrew Bible text be modified based this information? Scholars from both sides   Read more…

Science Helps Establish Bible Chronology

07/20 | Reaching scholarly consensus with regard to a fixed Bible chronology has proven elusive—in large part due to a dearth of archaeological evidence. Now, radiocarbon dating is helping scholars determine Bible   Read more…

The Importance of Bible Artifacts Found Outside the Trench: The Dead Sea Scrolls Discovery

07/20 | The Dead Sea Scrolls discovery is so widely celebrated by the scholarly community and the scrolls have played such an important part in Biblical scholarship as the oldest biblical manuscripts   Read more…

Travelogue of the Aleppo Codex

07/20 | The Aleppo Codex, one of the most important ancient Biblical manuscripts, has a history that is almost as dramatic as the Biblical events that it recounts. This travelogue traces the   Read more…

Residents in Ein Kerem Oppose Construction Plan

07/20 | Residents in the ancient Jerusalem neighborhood of Ein Kerem are outraged over a plan to enlarge a plaza and build public lavatories over Second Temple-era ruins. The construction is an   Read more…

Four Charged by U.S. for Smuggling Egyptian Antiquities

07/18 | Authorities in the United States have announced the break-up of an international antiquities smuggling operation that involved at least three dealers and one collector. They are being charged with conspiring   Read more…


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