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Beth Shean in the Bible and Archaeology

01/22 | Beth Shean plays an important role in the Bible following the death of King Saul and as a major Israelite administrative center. Excavations over the past century have revealed what   Read more…

What Did Gladiators Eat?

01/21 | A study published in PLOS ONE suggests that gladiators really did eat mostly plants and may have drunk an ash tonic as described by ancient authors.   Read more…

A Feast for the Senses … and the Soul

01/20 | Go on a journey of the senses through history and discover the significance of ritual feasts and meals in antiquity.   Read more…

The Magdala Stone: The Jerusalem Temple Embodied

01/19 | For a people living in the diaspora, unable to visit the Jerusalem Temple frequently, what kept the memory and centrality of the Temple fresh in their minds? An intriguing stone   Read more…

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

01/18 | Archaeologist Amihai Mazar contends that while the Biblical narratives were written hundreds of years after the reigns of Saul, David and Solomon, they “retain memories of reality.”   Read more…

Tel Achzib in Arkansas Is Fake—And Everybody Knows It!

01/17 | Created by archaeologists at Harding University in Arkansas, the artificial site of Tel Achzib serves as a Biblical archaeology lab that introduces students to excavation technique and methodology.   Read more…

Galatians 3:28—Neither Jew nor Greek, Slave nor Free, Male and Female

01/15 | In her Biblical Views column in BAR, Biblical scholar Karin Neutel examines Paul’s vision for how we would live together in an ideal society.   Read more…

First Person: A Little Jot on a Jerusalem Column

01/14 | The Jerusalem Column is the first inscription from the Second Temple period where the full spelling of the Hebrew name of Jerusalem appears.   Read more…

Daily Life in Ancient Israel

01/13 | What was life like for the tribes of Israel in the time of the Biblical Judges, the period archaeologists call Iron Age I (1200–1000 B.C.E.)?   Read more…

The Four-Room House: Typically Israelite?

01/12 | 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…


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