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MOOC—Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah

09/25 | Aren Maeir will be offering a MOOC titled “Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah” online from early December 2018 on the EdX platform.   Read more…

Who Was Thecla?

09/24 | The leading lady of the apocryphal work the Acts of Thecla may not be a well-known figure today, but nearly every early Christian knew her name.   Read more…

Christian Apocrypha: The “Lost Gospels”?

09/23 | The Christian apocrypha—noncanonical gospels—didn’t make the cut. But were they truly rejected, suppressed and destroyed? Until recent times there was no doubt. But now this “truth” may be unraveling. Many   Read more…

Where Did the Philistines Come From?

09/22 | Excavators at Tell es-Safi/Gath, the site of Gath of the Philistines mentioned in the Bible, found an exceptionally well preserved horned altar reminiscent of the Israelite horned altars described in   Read more…

Tel Maresha Caves Reveal Hellenistic Treasures

09/18 | Recent excavations shed further light on how ancient peoples used the subterranean cave complexes at Tel Maresha.   Read more…

Jonah and the Whale

09/18 | The Book of Jonah is read in the synagogue on the afternoon of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, the sacred Day of Atonement. Why, of all   Read more…

What Were the Crusades and How Did They Impact Jerusalem?

09/17 | 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…

Tel Maresha Caves Reveal Lost World of the Idumeans

09/16 | Tel Maresha, located in the Judean foothills southwest of Jerusalem, exists on two levels—one a typical Hellenistic town; the other a subterranean metropolis of cave complexes.   Read more…

James or Jacob in the Bible?

09/15 | How did the Jewish name Ya’akov, properly translated as Jacob, become James in English versions of the Bible?   Read more…

Site-Seeing: Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem

09/14 | Every visitor to Jerusalem has seen David’s Tower. Scholar Jonathan Klawans recommends venturing inside the magnificent complex.   Read more…


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