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First Person: Was the Dead Sea Scroll Community Celibate?

02/19 | One of the many fascinating questions about the Dead Sea Scroll community living at Qumran is whether its members were celibate. Did they marry and have children or not?   Read more…

Speaking in Tongues in the Bible

02/18 | Ben Witherington III addresses what happened at Pentecost in his Biblical Views column “Speaking in the Tongues of Men or Angels?” in the July/August 2015 issue of BAR.   Read more…

Early Christian Art Symbols Endure after Iconoclast Attack

02/17 | Depictions of fish and fishermen can be found in the colorful floor mosaics at the sixth-century C.E. basilica at Horvat Beit Loya. The mosaics were defaced by iconoclasts in the   Read more…

Uncovering the Jewish Context of the New Testament

02/16 | Most Jewish readers approach the New Testament, if they approach it at all, with at best a certain unfamiliarity. This is unfortunate, according to Jewish New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine,   Read more…

Classical Corner: A Subterranean Surprise in the Roman Catacombs

02/15 | What are 1,300 non-Christian burials dating to the second century C.E. doing in the middle of one of Rome’s most important Christian catacombs?   Read more…

The Song of Songs: Love Is Strong as Death

02/14 | The Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) from the Hebrew Bible is a love song beyond compare—although it has been compared to everything. Some have deemed it lewd entertainment.   Read more…

A First Temple Period Palatial Estate Near Jerusalem?

02/13 | Archaeologists excavating at Ein Hanniya outside of Jerusalem unearthed seventh-century B.C.E. finds that suggest the presence of a palace in the First Temple period.   Read more…

The Royal Banquet Hall of King Herod the Great in Jerusalem

02/10 | A banqueting complex was recently identified just beside the Temple Mount. Dating to the time of King Herod the Great, it projects the splendor and comfort enjoyed by royal guests.   Read more…

What Were the Ancient Olympics Like?

02/08 | Beginning in 776 B.C. as a simple foot race, the quadrennial Olympic Games grew—during a span of 1,200 years—into the most prestigious athletic/religious festival of the Greek-speaking world. The feats   Read more…

How Were Biblical Psalms Originally Performed?

02/07 | Biblical psalms have throughout millennia been an important part of traditional Jewish and Christian worship. How were Biblical psalms originally performed?   Read more…


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