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Hezekiah’s Religious Reform—In the Bible and Archaeology

06/09 | One of the most significant changes in the religious life of ancient Israel occurred during the reign of the Judahite king Hezekiah, in the late eighth century B.C.E. According to   Read more…

The Split of Early Christianity and Judaism

06/08 | Northern Renaissance painter Robert Campin’s Marriage of the Virgin dramatically captures the split of early Christianity and Judaism.   Read more…

The Athenian Acropolis

06/07 | Prior to its destruction by the Persians in 490 B.C.E. and again in 480–479 B.C.E., the Acropolis was a sacred precinct with a temple to Athens’s tutelary goddess, Athena. The   Read more…

Were There Arameans at Abel Beth Maacah?

06/06 | Because of its border location and the Biblical references that associate Arameans with Maacah, Robert Mullins and Nava Panitz-Cohen are digging for Arameans at the site of Abel Beth Maacah   Read more…

Silver Hoard from Abel Beth Maacah Illuminates Biblical Border Town

06/06 | In their BAR Archaeological Views column, Abel Beth Maacah staff describe the excitement around the discovery of a Late Bronze Age silver hoard, one of the earliest ever found in   Read more…

Minoan Frescoes at Tel Kabri

06/05 | Over 100 years of excavations on Crete have exposed elegant Minoan frescoes that once adorned the walls of the island’s Bronze Age palaces. This distinctively colorful Aegean art style flourished   Read more…

‘Abdiel: Egyptian Vizier and “Servant of the God El”

06/04 | Could a vizier with a Semitic name from ancient Egypt illuminate the story of Joseph in the Bible?   Read more…

Asherah and the Asherim: Goddess or Cult Symbol?

06/03 | Who is Asherah? What is asherah? The reference may be to a particular goddess, a class of goddess or a cult symbol used to represent the goddess. It is sometimes   Read more…

You Are What You Eat: The Israelite Diet and Archaeology

06/02 | Pigs weren’t part of the Israelite diet. Therefore if you are excavating and find lots of pig bones at your site, it can’t be Israelite—or can it? A new survey   Read more…

BAS Fellowships for 2018

06/01 | The Biblical Archaeology Society is now accepting applications for the 2018 Joseph Aviram, Yigael Yadin, and Hershel Shanks fellowships that allow scholars to attend the annual meetings of the American   Read more…


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