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Tarshish: Hacksilber Hoards Pinpoint Solomon’s Silver Source

07/11 | What is the location of Tarshish, the Biblical source of the Phoenician silver trade? A Hacksilber Project study points to Spain and Sardinia as the Biblical world’s source of   Read more…

What Did Jesus Really Look Like?

07/10 | What did Jesus look like? In “Painting a Portrait of Jesus,” D. Moody Smith examined the difficulties in answering this question.   Read more…

The “Philistines” to the North

07/08 | The Philistines, who established the famous five cities in the southern coastal plain, were just one tribe of Sea Peoples who invaded Canaan in the 12th century B.C.E. The northern   Read more…

On Display in Rome: Images of the Temple Menorah

07/07 | The Menorah: Worship, History and Myth, a major exhibition on display at the Vatican Museum and the Jewish Museum in Rome, provides dramatic images of the Temple Menorah.   Read more…

When Egyptian Pharaohs Ruled Bronze Age Jerusalem

07/05 | What were Egyptian pharaohs doing in Bronze Age Jerusalem? Peter van der Veen investigates an Egyptian presence before the time of David.   Read more…

The Siloam Pool: Where Jesus Healed the Blind Man

07/02 | The Siloam Pool has long been considered a sacred Christian site, even if the correct identification of the site itself was uncertain. According to the Gospel of John, it was   Read more…

The Enduring Symbolism of Doves

07/01 | Few symbols have a tradition as long and as rich as the dove. Read about what it represents and how its use has been shared, adapted and reinterpreted across cultures   Read more…

What Were the Crusades and How Did They Impact Jerusalem?

06/26 | Some of the most famous churches in Jerusalem were built during the Christian Crusades by Crusaders wishing to memorialize sites they believed to have great Christian significance.   Read more…

King Herod’s Ritual Bath at Machaerus

06/25 | Several mikva’ot (Jewish ritual baths) have been uncovered at Machaerus, the palace-fortress on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea where Salome danced and John the Baptist was beheaded. Archaeologist   Read more…

Where Did Early Christian Monks Get Their Wealth?

06/24 | To the “holy poor” or the “real poor”—that is the question. To whom were alms to be directed? This question divided the early Christian monastic movement in the East.   Read more…


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