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Classical Corner: A Subterranean Surprise in the Roman Catacombs

Classical Corner: A Subterranean Surprise in the Roman Catacombs

The Song of Songs: Love Is Strong as Death

02/14 | The Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) from the Hebrew Bible is a love song beyond compare—although it has been compared to everything. Some have deemed it lewd entertainment.   Read more…

A First Temple Period Palatial Estate Near Jerusalem?

02/13 | Archaeologists excavating at Ein Hanniya outside of Jerusalem unearthed seventh-century B.C.E. finds that suggest the presence of a palace in the First Temple period.   Read more…

What Were the Ancient Olympics Like?

02/08 | Beginning in 776 B.C. as a simple foot race, the quadrennial Olympic Games grew—during a span of 1,200 years—into the most prestigious athletic/religious festival of the Greek-speaking world. The feats   Read more…

How Were Biblical Psalms Originally Performed?

02/07 | Biblical psalms have throughout millennia been an important part of traditional Jewish and Christian worship. How were Biblical psalms originally performed?   Read more…

The Apostle Peter in Rome

02/03 | Brown University Religious Studies professor Nicola Denzey Lewis answers frequently asked questions about the apostle Peter. Denzey Lewis appears in the CNN series Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery, which aims   Read more…

Newly Deciphered Dead Sea Scroll Reveals 364-Day Calendar

02/02 | Researchers recently deciphered one of the last two remaining Dead Sea Scrolls. Written in code, the scroll describes a 364-day calendar used by the Qumran community that lived in the   Read more…

The Archaeological Quest for the Earliest Christians

02/01 | In part one of a two-part series, Douglas Boin presents new archaeological and historical research in the study of early Christianity.   Read more…

The Archaeological Quest for the Earliest Christians

02/01 | In part two of a two-part series, Douglas Boin challenges the idea that Christians left so few archaeological traces behind because they couldn’t afford to make them.   Read more…

Miniature Writing on Ancient Amulets

01/29 | In 1979, archaeologist Gabriel Barkay discovered two miniature silver scrolls from a late Iron Age (seventh century B.C.E.) tomb in Ketef Hinnom outside of Jerusalem. When unrolled, the scrolls had   Read more…


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