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Biblical Minimalism and Maximalism in Scholarship

04/10 | Bill Dever discusses BAR’s facilitation of the Biblical minimalism-maximalism debate, which centers on whether the establishment of ancient Israel took place in the tenth or the ninth century B.C.E.   Read more…

Book of Leviticus Verses Recovered from Burnt Hebrew Bible Scroll

04/09 | A burnt ancient scroll found 45 years ago has finally been deciphered thanks to advanced digital technology. The scroll was revealed to contain verses from the Book of Leviticus.   Read more…

Early Bronze Age: Megiddo’s Great Temple and the Birth of Urban Culture in the Levant

04/08 | Megiddo’s Great Temple is a structure that, according to its excavators, “has proven to be the most monumental single edifice so far uncovered in the EB I Levant and ranks   Read more…

What Does the Bible Say About Tattoos?

04/07 | Although Leviticus 19:28 clearly prohibits tattoos, it does not give an explicit reason why. This begs the question: Why does the Bible prohibit tattoos?   Read more…

The Masada Siege

04/06 | What do we know about the Roman siege of Masada? We must consider both the account given by Josephus and the surviving archaeological evidence in order to reconstruct what happened.   Read more…

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…


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