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Huqoq 2017: Mosaics of Jonah and the Whale, the Tower of Babel and More

08/02 | The 2017 excavation season at Huqoq unearthed more stunning mosaics depicting Greco-Roman and Biblical scenes, including the story of Jonah and the whale and the construction of the Tower of   Read more…

The Oracle of Delphi—Was She Really Stoned?

08/01 | According to Strabo and other sources, the Pythia who gave prophecies on behalf of Apollo was inspired by mysterious vapors. Is there evidence that intoxicating gases actually drifted through the   Read more…

First Person: Should These Looters Go to Jail?

07/31 | Looters sometimes indirectly alert archaeologists to the existence of valuable finds and are sent to jail if they are caught, while the archaeologists learn from the looters where to dig.   Read more…

Biblical History at What Cost?

07/24 | Recently, the Hobby Lobby corporation—owned by the Green family—agreed to pay a $3 million fine for the purchase of thousands of artifacts believed to have been smuggled out of Iraq.   Read more…

Alternative Facts: Domitian’s Persecution of Christians

07/24 | “Alternative facts” and “fake news” are not just a contemporary phenomenon. On occasion ancient writers similarly tried to spin their version of the truth. One such claim was that Roman   Read more…

5,000-Year-Old Egyptian Billboard Discovered

07/20 | Egyptologists recently discovered the oldest known monumental hieroglyphs.   Read more…

What Is Coptic and Who Were the Copts in Ancient Egypt?

07/18 | When did the ancient Egyptians stop writing in hieroglyphs, and what came next? From the fourth to ninth centuries C.E., Egypt was predominantly Christian. During this time, the language used   Read more…

Jesus Before Pilate

07/17 | 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…

Beth Shean in the Bible and Archaeology

07/16 | Beth Shean plays an important role in the Bible following the death of King Saul and as a major Israelite administrative center. Excavations over the past century have revealed what   Read more…

The Origin of Sin and Death in the Bible

07/12 | What is the origin of sin and death in the Bible? Who was the first sinner?   Read more…


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