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Herod’s Death, Jesus’ Birth and a Lunar Eclipse

08/18 | Read letters published in the Q&C section of BAR debating the dates of Herod’s death, Jesus’ birth and to which lunar eclipse Josephus was referring.   Read more…

Classical Corner: The Antonine Plague and the Spread of Christianity

08/17 | In 166 C.E., the Roman Empire was at the zenith of its power. The triumphant Roman legions, under the command of Emperor Lucius Verrus, returned to Rome victorious after having   Read more…

Scandalous Women in the Bible

08/16 | Mary Magdalene, Jezebel, Rahab, Lilith. Today, each are popularly considered scandalous women in the Bible. Are these so-condemned salacious women misrepresented?   Read more…

BAR Test Kitchen: Mersu

08/15 | For this BAR Test Kitchen dish, we made mersu, an ancient Syrian delicacy made of flour, dates, and pistachios.   Read more…

Herod the Great and the Herodian Family Tree

08/14 | See a visualization of the Herodian family tree and key events in the New Testament related to members of the Herodian family.   Read more…

The Prehistoric Diet and the Rise of Complex Societies

08/13 | Learn about prehistoric dining at Tel Tsaf, an ancient village about 20 miles south of the Sea of Galilee in Israel.   Read more…

Rahab the Harlot?

08/11 | In the Book of Joshua, Rahab (a Biblical heroine nonetheless known as “Rahab the Harlot”) assisted two Israelite spies in escaping out a window and down the city wall of   Read more…

Hellenistic Jewelry Discovered in Jerusalem

08/10 | A 2,200-year-old gold earring portraying the head of a horned animal was unearthed in the Givati Parking Lot in Jerusalem’s City of David National Park.   Read more…

The Göbekli Tepe Ruins and the Origins of Neolithic Religion

08/09 | The massive stone enclosures of the Göbekli Tepe ruins may be the earliest examples of Neolithic religion.   Read more…

Çatalhöyük Mural: The Earliest Representation of a Volcanic Eruption?

08/08 | In the early 1960s, archaeologist James Mellaart uncovered a mural at Çatalhöyük, the world’s largest and best-preserved Neolithic site, which he interpreted to represent a volcanic eruption. A recent   Read more…


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