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When Was the First Communion?

03/25 | Early Christians celebrated the Lord’s Supper as a full meal, but by the third century, it had ceased to be a banquet and had become a ritualized small meal instead.   Read more…

The Staurogram

03/24 | The staurogram, a crucifixion symbol made out of the Greek letters tau-rho, is 200 years older than the oldest previously-known images of Jesus on the cross.   Read more…

How Was Jesus’ Tomb Sealed?

03/23 | What kind of stone sealed the tomb of Jesus? Was it a round (disk-shaped) stone or a square (cork-shaped) stone? While both kinds of blocking stones are attested in Jerusalem   Read more…

On What Day Did Jesus Rise?

03/22 | On what day did Jesus rise? After three days or on the third day? Ben Witherington III examines this question in BAR.   Read more…

St. Nicholas Ring Unearthed in Jezreel Valley Garden

03/21 | A landscaper working in the Jezreel Valley discovered a 700-year-old ring bearing the image of St. Nicholas.   Read more…

Tour Showcases Remains of Herod’s Jerusalem Palace—Possible Site of the Trial of Jesus

03/20 | Visitors to Jerusalem’s Old City can explore remains of King Herod’s palace, which may be where Roman governor Pontius Pilate tried and condemned Jesus of Nazareth to death.   Read more…

How Bad Was Jezebel?

03/19 | For more than two thousand years, Jezebel has been saddled with a reputation as the bad girl of the Bible, the wickedest of women. This ancient queen has been denounced   Read more…

He Who Freed the Dead Sea Scrolls

03/19 | In 1991, with the support of Hershel Shanks and the Biblical Archaeology Society, Martin Abegg, Jr., contemplated doing something unprecedented that had the potential to derail his academic career: publishing   Read more…

Searching for Biblical Mt. Sinai

03/18 | Where is Mt. Sinai? At a 2013 colloquium in Israel, an international group of scholars debated the question. At the center of the debate was Har Karkom, a mountain ridge   Read more…

Was Mary Magdalene Wife of Jesus? Was Mary Magdalene a Prostitute?

03/17 | Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute who repented or simply an influential female follower of Jesus? Mary from Magdala has popularly been saddled with an unfavorable reputation, but how did this   Read more…


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