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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…

The Masada Siege

04/17 | 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…

Nehemiah—The Man Behind the Wall

04/17 | Few people are familiar with the Biblical figure Nehemiah, and yet he was instrumental in the rebuilding and reestablishment of Jerusalem in the fifth century B.C. following the Babylonian exile.   Read more…

How Ancient Jews Dated Years

04/16 | 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…

How Bad Was the Babylonian Exile?

04/15 | Was there really weeping from the Judahite exiles by the rivers of Babylon? New evidence suggests that life was actually pretty good for some Judahite deportees and their successors.   Read more…


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