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Christian Apocrypha: The “Lost Gospels”?

09/23 | The Christian apocrypha—noncanonical gospels—didn’t make the cut. But were they truly rejected, suppressed and destroyed? Until recent times there was no doubt. But now this “truth” may be unraveling. Many   Read more…

Where Did the Philistines Come From?

09/22 | Excavators at Tell es-Safi/Gath, the site of Gath of the Philistines mentioned in the Bible, found an exceptionally well preserved horned altar reminiscent of the Israelite horned altars described in   Read more…

Tel Maresha Caves Reveal Hellenistic Treasures

09/18 | Recent excavations shed further light on how ancient peoples used the subterranean cave complexes at Tel Maresha.   Read more…

Jonah and the Whale

09/18 | 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…

Tel Maresha Caves Reveal Lost World of the Idumeans

09/16 | Tel Maresha, located in the Judean foothills southwest of Jerusalem, exists on two levels—one a typical Hellenistic town; the other a subterranean metropolis of cave complexes.   Read more…

James or Jacob in the Bible?

09/15 | How did the Jewish name Ya’akov, properly translated as Jacob, become James in English versions of the Bible?   Read more…

Site-Seeing: Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem

09/14 | Every visitor to Jerusalem has seen David’s Tower. Scholar Jonathan Klawans recommends venturing inside the magnificent complex.   Read more…

Mary, Simeon or Anna: Who First Recognized Jesus as Messiah?

09/13 | Who was the first person to truly recognize Jesus as the messiah and understand the implications? Biblical scholar Ben Witherington III takes a close look at the account given in   Read more…

The Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls

09/11 | What is the significance of the Aramaic texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls for elucidating the literary, societal, political, and religious contexts of ancient Judaism and nascent Christianity?   Read more…

The Tel Dan Inscription: The First Historical Evidence of King David from the Bible

09/10 | Few modern Biblical archaeology discoveries have attracted as much attention as the Tel Dan inscription—writing on a ninth-century B.C. stone slab (or stela) that furnished the first historical evidence of   Read more…


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