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Jewish Captives in the Imperial City

04/05 | Ancient Rome was the superpower of its day. Yet, when the Romans conquered the tiny province of Judea and quashed the First Jewish Revolt in 70 C.E., it was actually   Read more…

How Ancient Jews Dated Years

04/04 | 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…

Bronze Age Collapse: Pollen Study Highlights Late Bronze Age Drought

04/03 | What caused the Bronze Age collapse? A recent study of pollen grains in sediment cores beneath the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea provides a new view of the   Read more…

Did the Carthaginians Really Practice Infant Sacrifice?

04/02 | 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…

The “Strange” Ending of the Gospel of Mark and Why It Makes All the Difference

04/01 | James Tabor presents a fresh look at the original text of the earliest Gospel.   Read more…

At Carthage, Child Sacrifice?

04/01 | Was child sacrifice really practiced at ancient Carthage? In BAR, Patricia Smith discusses the research she and her team conducted on the cremated remains from the Carthage Tophet.   Read more…

The Oldest Hebrew Script and Language

04/01 | In a BAR article, epigraphy scholar Christopher Rollston asks a seemingly straightforward question: What is the oldest Hebrew inscription?   Read more…

Did Jesus’ Last Supper Take Place Above the Tomb of David?

03/29 | Jesus’ Last Supper and the Tomb of David are traditionally associated with a building called the Cenacle in Jerusalem. Can archaeology shed light on these traditions?   Read more…

Jesus Before Pilate

03/29 | The Gospels offer a surprisingly excusatory depiction of Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect of Judea directly responsible for Jesus’ death. While the contemporary sources do not mention Pilate’s fatal involvement   Read more…

Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Seder?

03/28 | Many assume that Jesus’ Last Supper was a Seder, the ritual Passover meal. Examine evidence from the synoptic Gospels with scholar Jonathan Klawans.   Read more…


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