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Jonah and the Whale

09/23 | The Book of Jonah is read in the synagogue on the afternoon of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, the sacred Day of Atonement. Why, of all   Read more…

Babylonian Trigonometry Table: The World’s Oldest?

09/20 | According to a new interpretation of a 3,800-year-old clay tablet, the ancient Babylonians may have developed the first inklings of trigonometry more than a thousand years before Pythagoras, the namesake   Read more…

How Ancient Jews Dated Years

09/19 | During the First Jewish Revolt against Rome (66–70 C.E.), which ended with the destruction of the Temple, Jews minted their own coins dated to the first, second, third, fourth and,   Read more…

Where Did the Temple Menorah Go?

09/18 | There is little doubt that the Temple Menorah was taken to Rome after the destruction of Jerusalem. However, Rome was sacked, and the Temple Menorah was looted. After disaster befell   Read more…

Biblical Archaeology Society 2017 Publication Awards Winners

09/17 | The biennial BAS Publication Awards have been presented since 1985. See the 2017 winners!   Read more…

Does the Gospel of Mark Reveal Jesus’ Anger or His Compassion?

09/16 | In the fifth-century C.E. Codex Bezae, an early edition of the New Testament written in Greek, the Gospel of Mark describes Jesus’ anger before healing a leper (Mark 1:41). While   Read more…

The Phoenician Alphabet in Archaeology

09/12 | The Phoenician script was borrowed by the Israelites, Greeks and Romans. Learn what sorts of texts the Phoenicians wrote as revealed by a recent archaeological excavation.   Read more…

Did the Carthaginians Really Practice Infant Sacrifice?

09/10 | One of the most debated questions in the study of the ancient world is whether or not the Carthaginians practiced human sacrifice—more specifically, the sacrifice of infants. Recent studies have   Read more…

Does Radiocarbon Dating Accuracy Help Us Determine Bible Chronology?

09/08 | There’s been a lot of debate around the issue of Bible chronology, which more specifically relates to the era of the reigns of David and Solomon. Did they live in   Read more…

New Testament Political Figures: The Evidence

09/07 | Archaeology has confirmed 53 people from the Hebrew Bible. What about the New Testament? In BAR, Lawrence Mykytiuk examines the political figures in the New Testament who can be identified   Read more…


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