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The Destruction of Pompeii—God’s Revenge?

03/04 | The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius destroyed the opulent vacation destinations of Roman elites in August 79 C.E.—almost exactly nine years after Roman troops destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem. Did this   Read more…

The Virgin Mary and the Prophet Muhammad

03/03 | The Virgin Mary and the prophet Muhammad have a lot in common within their respective Christian and Islamic traditions, according to author Mary Joan Winn Leith.   Read more…

To Jerusalem: Pilgrimage Road Identified?

03/03 | Archaeologists Yotam Tepper and Yigal Tepper describe what they believe to be a stone road about 10 miles northwest of Jerusalem on which ancient Jews would make their Jerusalem pilgrimage.   Read more…

The Ancient Library of Alexandria

03/02 | When Alexander the Great died in 323 B.C.E., the Ptolemaic dynasty was given control of Egypt. Ptolemy I (c. 367–283 B.C.E.) established his capital at Alexandria and immediately began to   Read more…

The Enduring Symbolism of Doves

03/02 | 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…

Alexander in the East

03/01 | When the known world proved too small, Alexander the Great set his sights east. At its height, Alexander’s empire stretched east to India, north to the Danube River and south   Read more…

SCOTUS Declines Dead Sea Scroll Case

02/26 | On February 20, 2018, the Supreme Court chose not to hear the case of Raphael Golb, who was convicted of harassing and impersonating the academic critics of his father, Dead   Read more…

Isaiah’s Signature Uncovered in Jerusalem

02/22 | The Ophel excavations at the foot of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount have yielded numerous exciting discoveries, including a new Biblical signature. Archaeologist Eilat Mazar reveals what may be a seal impression   Read more…

King Hezekiah in the Bible: Royal Seal of Hezekiah Comes to Light

02/21 | For the first time, the royal seal of King Hezekiah in the Bible has been found in an archaeological excavation.   Read more…

Lawrence H. Schiffman on the Dead Sea Scrolls’ History

02/20 | In the May/June 2015 issue of BAR, Lawrence H. Schiffman describes the Dead Sea Scrolls’ history, from their discovery in the Qumran caves to the state of present-day scroll research.   Read more…


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