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Who Were the Hittites?

06/21 | Archaeology tells us a lot about the Hittites—and the Neo-Hittites too. But it’s hard to reconcile this with the Hittites of the Bible.   Read more…

The Philistine Marketplace at Ashkelon

06/20 | In “Buy Low, Sell High: The Marketplace at Ashkelon” in the January/February 2014 issue of BAR, Daniel Master and Lawrence Stager examine what was traded and by whom in Philistine   Read more…

Site-Seeing: Face to Face with Ancient Greek Warriors

06/19 | An easy drive from Athens, Greece, the Archaeological Museum in Nauplion is a must-visit. The centerpiece of the museum’s collection is the Dendra Panoply, a complete bronze suit of body   Read more…

The Animals Went in Two by Two, According to Babylonian Ark Tablet

06/18 | A recently translated Old Babylonian flood tablet describes how to build a circular ark.
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Philistine Cemetery Unearthed at Ashkelon

06/17 | The first and only Philistine cemetery ever discovered was found outside the walls of ancient Ashkelon.   Read more…

An Iron Age Royal at Abel Beth Maacah?

06/15 | A ninth-century B.C.E. faience head discovered at Abel Beth Maacah in northern Israel may represent an important figure in the Iron Age—a dignitary, elite person, or even a king.   Read more…

Bible Animals: From Hyenas to Hippos

06/14 | Lions and crocodiles and monkeys, oh my! There are about a hundred different types of animal species mentioned in the Bible. In this post, Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin discusses the   Read more…

The Enduring Symbolism of Doves

06/13 | 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…

On View: Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered

06/12 | On view through August 19, 2018, the exhibit Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered presents two seal impressions found 3 feet apart in the Ophel excavations led by archaeologist   Read more…

First Person: The American Bible Society’s Electronic Inquisition

06/11 | The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers decided to expand the list of domain extensions. According to BAR Editor Robert Cargill, the one that has created the most problems   Read more…


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