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He Who Freed the Dead Sea Scrolls

03/19 | In 1991, with the support of Hershel Shanks and the Biblical Archaeology Society, Martin Abegg, Jr., contemplated doing something unprecedented that had the potential to derail his academic career: publishing   Read more…

Searching for Biblical Mt. Sinai

03/18 | Where is Mt. Sinai? At a 2013 colloquium in Israel, an international group of scholars debated the question. At the center of the debate was Har Karkom, a mountain ridge   Read more…

Was Mary Magdalene Wife of Jesus? Was Mary Magdalene a Prostitute?

03/17 | Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute who repented or simply an influential female follower of Jesus? Mary from Magdala has popularly been saddled with an unfavorable reputation, but how did this   Read more…

The Dead Sea Scrolls in Denver

03/16 | Select Dead Sea Scrolls are on display at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in Denver, Colorado, from March 16 to September 3, 2018. Two scrolls have never been   Read more…

Classical Corner: A Comet Gives Birth to an Empire

03/15 | In the Greco-Roman world, there is ample evidence that celestial objects, their movements and occasional surprise appearances not only inspired awe and wonder, but in some cases directly influenced mythology,   Read more…

Lilith

03/15 | In most manifestations of her myth, Lilith represents chaos, seduction and ungodliness. Yet, in her every guise, Lilith has cast a spell on humankind. Who is Lilith in the Bible?   Read more…

Origins: 3.14159265…

03/14 | Why did the ancients invent increasingly subtle and ingenious methods to arrive at an exact value of pi? Human curiosity.   Read more…

Who Was Moses? Was He More than an Exodus Hero?

03/13 | Who was Moses? Was he more than an Exodus hero? Discover the Biblical Moses with Peter Machinist in his article “The Man Moses.”   Read more…

First Person: Festschrift: A Celebration of Hershel Shanks

03/12 | Editor Robert R. Cargill describes the special festschrift double issue of BAR dedicated to the career of Hershel Shanks, BAR’s founder and longtime Editor.   Read more…

Exodus in the Bible and the Egyptian Plagues

03/11 | The Book of Exodus describes ten Egyptian plagues that bring suffering to the land of pharaoh. Are these Biblical plagues plausible on any level?   Read more…


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