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Digs 2019: A Day in the Life

12/26 | When the alarm clock blares at 4 a.m., it’s time to get up and start the dig day. Join BAR Editor Robert R. Cargill in his trademark tie-dye shirt as   Read more…

How December 25 Became Christmas

12/25 | Theological scholar Andrew McGowan examines how December 25 came to be associated with the birthday of Jesus and became Christmas, a holiday celebrated by Christians around the world.   Read more…

Bible Scholar Brent Landau Asks “Who Were the Magi?”

12/23 | A lost Syriac manuscript, the Revelation of the Magi, translated into English by Bible scholar Brent Landau, may help answer that key question from the Christmas story: “Who were the   Read more…

Why Did the Magi Bring Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh?

12/21 | Were the gifts of the magi meant to save Jesus from the pain of arthritis? It’s possible, according to researchers at Cardiff University in Wales who have been studying the   Read more…

Christmas Stories in Christian Apocrypha

12/19 | The modern Christmas nativity scene is drawn from apocryphal texts in addition to the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke.   Read more…

Has the Childhood Home of Jesus Been Found?

12/18 | The childhood home of Jesus may have been found underneath the Sisters of Nazareth Convent in Nazareth, Israel, according to archaeologist Ken Dark.   Read more…

Who Was Jesus’ Biological Father?

12/17 | Was Joseph Jesus’ biological father? If not, who was Jesus’ biological father? Andrew Lincoln examines what early Christians thought about conception and explains how views about this subject have changed   Read more…

ACOR’s Photo Archive

12/13 | The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR), centered in Amman, Jordan, is digitizing their vast collection of archaeological and cultural heritage photographs and making these images accessible to the public.   Read more…

When Was Jesus Born—B.C. or A.D.?

12/12 | In which year was Jesus born? While this is sometimes debated, the majority of New Testament scholars place Jesus’ birth in 4 B.C. or before. This begs the question: How   Read more…

IAA Announces Recovery of 9,000-Year-Old Neolithic Stone Mask

12/11 | The Israel Antiquities Authority recently announced that its Antiquities Theft Prevention Unit recovered a rare 9,000-year-old stone mask.   Read more…


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