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Herod Antipas in the Bible and Beyond

06/03 | Who was Herod Antipas? This son and successor of Herod the Great ruled Galilee when Jesus lived, and he participated in the trial of Jesus. In BAR, Morten Hørning Jensen   Read more…

Should We Take Creation Stories in Genesis Literally?

06/02 | Were the creation stories in Genesis meant to be taken literally? Maybe not, says Biblical scholar Shawna Dolansky in her Biblical Views column “The Multiple Truths of Myths” in the   Read more…

How the Serpent Became Satan

06/01 | The serpent in the Garden of Eden is portrayed as just that: a serpent. The story in Genesis 2–3 contains no hint that he embodies the devil, Satan or any   Read more…

Missed Masada Visit

05/31 | U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to land his helicopter at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada but was denied permission to do so.   Read more…

Love Your Neighbor: Only Israelites or Everyone?

05/30 | The Book of Leviticus tells us to love our neighbors, but who are our neighbors? Does the command mean to just love fellow Israelites—or everyone?   Read more…

Akhenaten and Moses

05/29 | Pharaoh Akhenaten, who abolished the Egyptian pantheon and instituted worship of a single deity, the sun-disk Aten, in the mid-14th century B.C., may have established the world’s first monotheism. Did   Read more…

Jonah and the Whale

05/28 | 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…

Understanding the Jewish Menorah

05/27 | The Jewish menorah—especially the Temple menorah, a seven-branched candelabra that stood in the Temple—is the most enduring and iconic Jewish symbol. But what did the Temple menorah actually look like?   Read more…

The Water System That Hydrated Tel Gezer

05/26 | The largest and oldest water system in the ancient Near East can be found at the site of Tel Gezer, according to archaeologists.   Read more…

Excavating Ancient Pella, Jordan

05/25 | According to fourth-century church historian Eusebius, on the eve of Jerusalem’s destruction by the Romans in 70 A.D., Jesus’ followers miraculously escaped the city and fled to Pella of the   Read more…


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