The Ancient Near Eastern World

The Ancient Near Eastern World


May 9

What Does the Bible Say About Dogs?

By: Megan Sauter

A survey of dogs’ portrayals in ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean cultures shows that far from being perceived as “unclean,” dogs served as companions, guard dogs, sheep dogs, hunters, and—surprisingly—physicians.

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May 2

Who Were the Ammonites, Moabites and Edomites in the Bible?

By: Megan Sauter

During the Iron Age, when Israel and Judah ruled Canaan, the kingdoms of Ammon, Moab and Edom ruled east of the Jordan River. Recent archaeological discoveries vastly increase our understanding of these kingdoms and their religion.


May 1

Who Were the Hittites?

By: Ellen White

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.

Apr 21

The 10 Strangest Foods in the Bible

By: David Moster

Many Biblical stories are set within the context of a meal. While most of these are about regular meals, others refer to more bizarre, extreme or supernatural cases of eating and drinking.

Apr 18

Copper Ingots Found in Ancient Shipwreck off Turkish Coast

By: Samuel DeWitt Pfister

A team of underwater archaeologists recently found the remains of an ancient shipwreck just off the coast of Turkey.

Exodus in the Bible and the Egyptian Plagues

Mar 22

Exodus in the Bible and the Egyptian Plagues

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The Book of Exodus describes ten Egyptian plagues that bring suffering to the land of pharaoh. Are these Biblical plagues plausible on any level?


Mar 18

Site-Seeing: Surprising Susa

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Even for the intrepid traveler who tours Iran, the ancient Persian capital of Susa often gets left off the itinerary.


Mar 17

Jewish Captives in the Imperial City

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Ancient Rome was the superpower of its day. Yet, when the Romans conquered the tiny province of Judea and quashed the First Jewish Revolt in 70 C.E., it was actually a pretty big deal.

Mar 15

What a Lotus in the Left Hand Means

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

What does holding a lotus in the left hand mean in ancient Near Eastern art?

Mar 10

Israelite Kings Depicted in Ancient Art?

By: Noah Wiener

Has archaeology uncovered portraits of two Israelite kings? One contender is on the famous Black Obelisk from Nimurd/Calah, but scholars differ about the identification. Another more recent candidate for an Israelite king’s portrait is an image from a wall at Kuntillet ‘Ajrud, a remote site in the Sinai desert.