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Justinian Plague Linked to the Black Death

09/21 | Bacterial research has linked the Justinian Plague to the world’s most infamous affliction, the Black Death.   Read more…

Babylonian Trigonometry Table: The World’s Oldest?

09/20 | According to a new interpretation of a 3,800-year-old clay tablet, the ancient Babylonians may have developed the first inklings of trigonometry more than a thousand years before Pythagoras, the namesake   Read more…

How Ancient Jews Dated Years

09/19 | During the First Jewish Revolt against Rome (66–70 C.E.), which ended with the destruction of the Temple, Jews minted their own coins dated to the first, second, third, fourth and,   Read more…

Where Did the Temple Menorah Go?

09/18 | There is little doubt that the Temple Menorah was taken to Rome after the destruction of Jerusalem. However, Rome was sacked, and the Temple Menorah was looted. After disaster befell   Read more…

How Bad Was Jezebel?

09/17 | For more than two thousand years, Jezebel has been saddled with a reputation as the bad girl of the Bible, the wickedest of women. This ancient queen has been denounced   Read more…

Biblical Archaeology Society 2017 Publication Awards Winners

09/17 | The biennial BAS Publication Awards have been presented since 1985. See the 2017 winners!   Read more…

Does the Gospel of Mark Reveal Jesus’ Anger or His Compassion?

09/16 | In the fifth-century C.E. Codex Bezae, an early edition of the New Testament written in Greek, the Gospel of Mark describes Jesus’ anger before healing a leper (Mark 1:41). While   Read more…

Was Biblical Israel an Egalitarian Society?

09/14 | Although excavated structures, pottery and other household artifacts offer a glimpse of daily life in the Iron Age highlands of Canaan, no burials or tombs have been found. What do   Read more…

The Phoenician Alphabet in Archaeology

09/12 | The Phoenician script was borrowed by the Israelites, Greeks and Romans. Learn what sorts of texts the Phoenicians wrote as revealed by a recent archaeological excavation.   Read more…

Did the Carthaginians Really Practice Infant Sacrifice?

09/10 | One of the most debated questions in the study of the ancient world is whether or not the Carthaginians practiced human sacrifice—more specifically, the sacrifice of infants. Recent studies have   Read more…


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