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Current Digital Issue May/June 2016 Vol. 42 No. 3

About this issue: From the Garden of Eden to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, the May/June 2016 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review has it all! Discover evidence of the Biblical Exodus, examine the stunning Lod Mosaic, compare the Biblical patriarch Joseph to King Esarhaddon of Assyria, study population estimates of ancient Jerusalem, learn about the nefarious figure of Lilith, look at time in the Gospel accounts of Easter, search for the location of Golgotha—and much more! Read more…

Exodus Evidence: An Egyptologist Looks at Biblical History

Does archaeological evidence connect with Israel’s Exodus from Egypt—a central event in the Bible? Egyptian artifacts and sites show that the Biblical text does indeed recount accurate memories from the period to which the Exodus is generally assigned. Read more…

The Lod Mosaic—Jewish, Christian or Pagan?

A series of stunning mosaic floors dated to around 300 C E. were uncovered in Lod, Israel. Plants, birds, fish and animals are depicted in the mosaics—but no human figures. Who made these mosaics? Read more…

“And His Brothers Were Jealous of Him”: Surprising Parallels Between Joseph and King Esarhaddon of Assyria

Eckart Frahm

Even though he was not the oldest of his brothers, Esarhaddon was named heir apparent of his father Sennacherib, ruler of the Assyrian empire. But because of his jealous brothers, Esarhaddon had to leave Nineveh and take refuge elsewhere. The pattern of jealous brothers, exile and eventual success is also seen in the Biblical story of Joseph. How does one tale inform the other? Read more…

Ancient Jerusalem: The Village, the Town, the City

Archaeologist Hillel Geva says that population estimates for ancient Jerusalem are too high. His new estimates begin with people living on no more than a dozen acres. Read more…

From Eden to Ednah—Lilith in the Garden

Dan Ben-Amos

Who were the original humans that God created in the Garden of Eden: Adam and Eve? Or Adam and Lilith? A close look at the opening chapters of Genesis—and ancient Jewish mythology—may suggest that Lilith came before Eve! Read more…


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