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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament

01/10 | What do the Dead Sea Scrolls say about Jesus? What do they say about the world in which Jesus lived? In BAR, James C. VanderKam examines the overlap between the   Read more…

Taking Out the Trash in Ancient Jerusalem

01/09 | Excavations on Jerusalem’s Southeastern Hill—just outside the “City of David”— have exposed a landfill from the Early Roman period. This garbage provides insight into residents’ daily lives and habits during   Read more…

Virtually Explore Jesus’ Tomb at the National Geographic Museum

01/08 | 3-D technology brings Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre to life in the National Geographic Museum exhibit Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience.   Read more…

Who Was the Wife of Cain?

01/07 | Who did Cain marry? Where did she come from? Mary Joan Winn Leith suggests that while the Israelite storyteller knew that other men and women in Genesis existed outside of   Read more…

Ancient Amulets with Incipits

01/06 | Ancient amulets containing incipits of Biblical passages have been uncovered in Egypt and were used as protective charms to ward off evil. Learn about early Christian amulets with incipits in   Read more…

What a Lotus in the Left Hand Means

01/05 | What does holding a lotus in the left hand mean in ancient Near Eastern art?   Read more…

Where Is Sodom?

01/04 | The stories of Sodom and its destruction, whether historical or not, were clearly understood to have occurred near the Dead Sea, among the so-called “cities of the plain” mentioned in   Read more…

First Person: A New Chapter

01/03 | Robert R. Cargill’s first First Person column as the new Editor of Biblical Archaeology Review.   Read more…

In Memoriam: Lawrence Stager (1943–2017)

01/02 | Distinguished Harvard University professor and Ashkelon excavation director Lawrence Stager died on December 29, 2017, at the age of 74.   Read more…

Philistine Cemetery Unearthed at Ashkelon

01/02 | The first and only Philistine cemetery ever discovered was found outside the walls of ancient Ashkelon.   Read more…


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