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What Is Coptic and Who Were the Copts in Ancient Egypt?

07/18 | When did the ancient Egyptians stop writing in hieroglyphs, and what came next? From the fourth to ninth centuries C.E., Egypt was predominantly Christian. During this time, the language used   Read more…

Jesus Before Pilate

07/17 | The Gospels offer a surprisingly excusatory depiction of Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect of Judea directly responsible for Jesus’ death. While the contemporary sources do not mention Pilate’s fatal involvement   Read more…

The Origin of Sin and Death in the Bible

07/12 | What is the origin of sin and death in the Bible? Who was the first sinner?   Read more…

On Display in Rome: Images of the Temple Menorah

07/07 | The Menorah: Worship, History and Myth, a major exhibition on display at the Vatican Museum and the Jewish Museum in Rome, provides dramatic images of the Temple Menorah.   Read more…

The Enduring Symbolism of Doves

07/01 | Few symbols have a tradition as long and as rich as the dove. Read about what it represents and how its use has been shared, adapted and reinterpreted across cultures   Read more…

What Were the Crusades and How Did They Impact Jerusalem?

06/26 | Some of the most famous churches in Jerusalem were built during the Christian Crusades by Crusaders wishing to memorialize sites they believed to have great Christian significance.   Read more…

King Herod’s Ritual Bath at Machaerus

06/25 | Several mikva’ot (Jewish ritual baths) have been uncovered at Machaerus, the palace-fortress on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea where Salome danced and John the Baptist was beheaded. Archaeologist   Read more…

Who Built the Cardo in Jerusalem?

06/23 | The Cardo was Jerusalem’s major north-south thoroughfare, as we know from the famous sixth-century Madaba map mosaic in Jordan. But was it fully built in the Roman period or only   Read more…

Ancient Military Correspondence: Send Wine

06/20 | Send wine: A newly deciphered letter from Israel’s Negev desert describes an exchange of supplies between two Judahite military officers.   Read more…

Biblical Sidon—Jezebel’s Hometown

06/19 | The city of Sidon on the coast of modern Lebanon is mentioned 38 times in the Hebrew Bible. Recent excavations have exposed part of the ancient Canaanite—and later Phoenician—city, including   Read more…


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