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Ancient Jerusalem: The Village, the Town, the City

01/11 | Archaeologist Hillel Geva says that population estimates for ancient Jerusalem are too high. His new estimates begin with people living on no more than a dozen acres.   Read more…

Herod the Great and the Herodian Family Tree

01/10 | See a visualization of the Herodian family tree and key events in the New Testament related to members of the Herodian family.   Read more…

Errors in the Masoretes’ “Original” Hebrew Manuscripts of the Bible?

01/09 | The Hebrew Bible today differs from the Bible manuscripts of the first millennium B.C.E. How do we identify alterations? Learn why critical editions of the Bible are essential.   Read more…

What Does the Aegean World Have to Do with the Biblical World?

01/08 | What does the ancient Aegean world in the west have to do with the Biblical world in the east? Quite a lot, according to Aegean archaeology specialist Louise Hitchcock.   Read more…

Classical Corner: Phidias and Pericles: Hold My Wine

01/07 | One way we protect our things is to label them. Ancient Greeks were no different when it came to such practices, including two famous fifth-century B.C.E. Athenians.   Read more…

Anastylosis at Machaerus, Where John the Baptist Was Beheaded

01/06 | Győző Vörös details the restoration work taking place at Machaerus—giving archaeological context to the New Testament episode featuring Princess Salome and John the Baptist.   Read more…

Machaerus: Beyond the Beheading of John the Baptist

01/05 | According to the Synoptic Gospels, Herod Antipas had John the Baptist imprisoned and killed at the request of the beautiful Salome. The historian Josephus locates the event at the eastern   Read more…

What Was Life Like for Roman Slaves?

01/04 | In the southwest of Asia Minor, at the site of Aphrodisias, Turkey, archaeology has provided insight into the lives of Roman slaves, including a man named Zoilos who earned his   Read more…

Biblical Riot at Ephesus: The Archaeological Context

01/04 | How accurate is Luke’s account of the riot at Ephesus described in Acts 19:23–41? Excavations at the site bring this Biblical event to reality in a new way—from inscriptions and   Read more…

New Testament Political Figures: The Evidence

01/03 | Archaeology has confirmed 53 people from the Hebrew Bible. What about the New Testament? In BAR, Lawrence Mykytiuk examines the political figures in the New Testament who can be identified   Read more…


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