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The Samaria Ivories—Phoenician or Israelite?

08/28 | From the moment they were discovered, the Samaria ivories created fanfare. Recently some scholars have challenged the long-accepted assumption about the ivories’ origins.   Read more…

First Person: Did the Kingdoms of Saul, David and Solomon Actually Exist?

08/27 | In BAR, Hershel Shanks examines a recent article published by archaeologist Amihai Mazar. Mazar contends that while the Biblical narratives were written hundreds of years after the reigns of Saul,   Read more…

What Did Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem Look Like?

08/25 | Fifty years ago, leading Israeli scholar Michael Avi-Yonah constructed a now-iconic model of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem. How accurate is it?   Read more…

Classical Corner: A Comet Gives Birth to an Empire

08/21 | In the Greco-Roman world, there is ample evidence that celestial objects, their movements and occasional surprise appearances not only inspired awe and wonder, but in some cases directly influenced mythology,   Read more…

Hezekiah’s Religious Reform—In the Bible and Archaeology

08/16 | One of the most significant changes in the religious life of ancient Israel occurred during the reign of the Judahite king Hezekiah, in the late eighth century B.C.E. According to   Read more…

August 2017: An Eclipse of Biblical Proportions

08/11 | See an eclipse of Biblical proportions. A total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States on August 21, 2017.   Read more…

Was Jesus a Jew?

08/10 | Was Jesus a Jew? Some people claim that Jesus was a Christian. Some have claimed that he was an Aryan Christian. But in recent decades scholars have been returning to   Read more…

What Happened to the Canaanites?

08/09 | For the first time, researchers have conducted DNA sequencing on ancient Canaanite skeletons and have determined where the Canaanites’ descendants can be found today.   Read more…

The Four-Room House: Typically Israelite?

08/07 | 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…

Huqoq 2017: Mosaics of Jonah and the Whale, the Tower of Babel and More

08/02 | The 2017 excavation season at Huqoq unearthed more stunning mosaics depicting Greco-Roman and Biblical scenes, including the story of Jonah and the whale and the construction of the Tower of   Read more…


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