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Machaerus: Beyond the Beheading of John the Baptist

05/02 | According to the Synoptic Gospels, Herod Antipas had John the Baptist imprisoned and killed at the request of the beautiful Salome. The historian Josephus locates the event at the eastern   Read more…

The Göbekli Tepe Ruins and the Origins of Neolithic Religion

05/01 | The massive stone enclosures of the Göbekli Tepe ruins may be the earliest examples of Neolithic religion.   Read more…

James or Jacob in the Bible?

04/27 | How did the Jewish name Ya’akov, properly translated as Jacob, become James in English versions of the Bible?   Read more…

What the Temple Mount Floor Looked Like

04/25 | More than a hundred colorful polished stone tiles have been recovered by the Temple Mount Sifting Project. The tiles reveal what the Temple Mount floors looked like in Herod’s time.   Read more…

Sacred Prostitution in the Story of Judah and Tamar?

04/24 | According to popular belief, cult prostitution was common throughout the ancient world, particularly associated with the fertility rites of the Canaanites and Phoenicians. While some scholars suggest that temple prostitution   Read more…

The Arch of Titus’s Menorah Panel in Color

04/24 | Although many Greek and Roman statues and monuments now appear gleaming white (the result of years of weathering), they were originally brightly colored. Using technology, a team has digitally restored   Read more…

D.C.-Area Archaeology Event

04/24 | On Sunday, April 30, 2017, Sidnie White Crawford will deliver the lecture “What the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach Us About the Bible” in the D.C. area.   Read more…

High Places, Altars and the Bamah

04/23 | The open-air altar shrine, called a bamah (plural bamot), is known through several books of the Biblical canon. Often referred to as “high places” in translations of the Bible, bamot   Read more…

Daily Life in Ancient Israel

04/19 | What was life like for the tribes of Israel in the time of the Biblical Judges, the period archaeologists call Iron Age I (1200–1000 B.C.E.)?   Read more…

Canaanite Fortress Discovered in the City of David

04/18 | Excavations around the Gihon Spring in the City of David uncovered a massive 3,800-year-old fortress.   Read more…


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