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What Did Gladiators Eat?

What Did Gladiators Eat?

A Feast for the Senses … and the Soul

01/20 | Go on a journey of the senses through history and discover the significance of ritual feasts and meals in antiquity.   Read more…

Tel Achzib in Arkansas Is Fake—And Everybody Knows It!

01/17 | Created by archaeologists at Harding University in Arkansas, the artificial site of Tel Achzib serves as a Biblical archaeology lab that introduces students to excavation technique and methodology.   Read more…

Galatians 3:28—Neither Jew nor Greek, Slave nor Free, Male and Female

01/15 | In her Biblical Views column in BAR, Biblical scholar Karin Neutel examines Paul’s vision for how we would live together in an ideal society.   Read more…

First Person: A Little Jot on a Jerusalem Column

01/14 | The Jerusalem Column is the first inscription from the Second Temple period where the full spelling of the Hebrew name of Jerusalem appears.   Read more…

Daily Life in Ancient Israel

01/13 | What was life like for the tribes of Israel in the time of the Biblical Judges, the period archaeologists call Iron Age I (1200–1000 B.C.E.)?   Read more…

The Four-Room House: Typically Israelite?

01/12 | Are so-called four-room houses an infallible sign of Israelites’ presence just because many have been found at sites identified as Israelite? If you think they are, how do you avoid   Read more…

Ancient Jerusalem: The Village, the Town, the City

01/11 | 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…

Herod the Great and the Herodian Family Tree

01/10 | See a visualization of the Herodian family tree and key events in the New Testament related to members of the Herodian family.   Read more…

Errors in the Masoretes’ “Original” Hebrew Manuscripts of the Bible?

01/09 | The Hebrew Bible today differs from the Bible manuscripts of the first millennium B.C.E. How do we identify alterations? Learn why critical editions of the Bible are essential.   Read more…


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