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Why Study Prehistoric Israel?

07/22 | Studying prehistoric Israel can give us a better perspective on Israel in the Biblical period, says archaeologist Daniel Nadel.   Read more…

Biblical Bread: Baking Like the Ancient Israelites

07/21 | A team from the Tell Halif archaeological excavation made their own tannur, a traditional oven referenced in the Hebrew Bible, and baked bread in it.   Read more…

Alternative Facts: Domitian’s Persecution of Christians

07/20 | “Alternative facts” and “fake news” are not just a contemporary phenomenon. On occasion ancient writers similarly tried to spin their version of the truth. One such claim was that Roman   Read more…

Condemned to Mine Copper

07/19 | Sending condemned prisoners to mine copper in the Faynan in present-day Jordan was a popular form of early Christian persecution in the Roman Empire.   Read more…

Fragment of Homer’s Odyssey Unearthed at Olympia

07/16 | Archaeologists working at the Greek site of Olympia, home of the ancient Olympic Games, discovered a Roman-period clay tablet containing 13 lines of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey.   Read more…

Giant of New Testament Archaeology

07/16 | Daniel A. Warner, Donald D. Binder, Eric M. Meyers, and James Riley Strange reflect on the life of archaeologist James F. Strange.   Read more…

High Places, Altars and the Bamah

07/15 | The open-air altar shrine, called a bamah (plural bamot), is known through several books of the Biblical canon. Often referred to as “high places” in translations of the Bible, bamot   Read more…

Ancient Scribe Links Qumran Scrolls to Masada

07/14 | Paleographer Ada Yardeni identified the handwriting of a single scribe on more than 50 Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran and Masada. What can this tell us about the scribal community   Read more…

First Person: Was the Dead Sea Scroll Community Celibate?

07/13 | One of the many fascinating questions about the Dead Sea Scroll community living at Qumran is whether its members were celibate. Did they marry and have children or not?   Read more…

Huqoq Mosaic Depicts Israelite Spies from Numbers 13

07/12 | The 2018 season of excavation at a Late Roman synagogue at Huqoq revealed more fascinating mosaics, including one referencing Numbers 13:23.   Read more…


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