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Aerial Technology Directs Archaeologists to Idumean Structure

12/06 | With the aid of drones, archaeologists working in the Lachish region found what may be an Idumean palace or temple.   Read more…

Site-Seeing: The Hometown of Santa Claus

12/04 | Myra, hometown of St. Nicholas, is on scholar Mark Wilson’s top-ten list of Biblical sites to visit in Turkey.   Read more…

How December 25 Became Christmas

12/03 | Theological scholar Andrew McGowan examines how December 25 came to be associated with the birthday of Jesus and became Christmas, a holiday celebrated by Christians around the world.   Read more…

The Origins of “The Cherry Tree Carol”

12/03 | “The Cherry Tree Carol” is a Christmas carol that first appeared in 13th-century England; an American version was discovered in Appalachia in the 20th century. Stonehill College Biblical scholar Mary   Read more…

Why Did the Magi Bring Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh?

12/02 | Were the gifts of the magi meant to save Jesus from the pain of arthritis? It’s possible, according to researchers at Cardiff University in Wales who have been studying the   Read more…

Has the Childhood Home of Jesus Been Found?

12/01 | The childhood home of Jesus may have been found underneath the Sisters of Nazareth Convent in Nazareth, Israel, according to archaeologist Ken Dark.   Read more…

Jesus Was a Refugee

11/30 | Scholar Joan E. Taylor says that it’s worth remembering that Jesus’ earliest years were, according to the Gospel of Matthew, spent as a refugee in a foreign land.   Read more…

When Was Jesus Born—B.C. or A.D.?

11/29 | In which year was Jesus born? While this is sometimes debated, the majority of New Testament scholars place Jesus’ birth in 4 B.C. or before. This begs the question: How   Read more…

Bible Scholar Brent Landau Asks “Who Were the Magi”?

11/28 | A lost Syriac manuscript, the Revelation of the Magi, translated into English by Bible scholar Brent Landau, may help answer that key question from the Christmas story: “Who were the   Read more…

Israelite Cosmology and the Orientation of Iron Age Houses

11/21 | Why are most of the houses from Iron Age Israel and Judah oriented to the east?   Read more…


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