Biblical Artifacts

Biblical Artifacts

The Great Isaiah Scroll

May 9

Explore Biblical Artifacts, from the Dead Sea Scrolls to Isaiah

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Bible History Daily is proud to highlight two remarkable digital resources from […]

Qumran, Aerial View

May 8

Who Were the Essenes?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

A recent study has sought to determine by sophisticated methods whether Khirbet Qumran was home to a community of sectarian Jews, the Essenes.

BLMJ-4564

May 1

10 Great Biblical Artifacts at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem

By: David Moster

10 The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem houses one of the world’s most important collections of Biblical artifacts.

Copper Scroll

Apr 26

Dating the Copper Scroll

By: Megan Sauter

In 1952, archaeologists found the Copper Scroll in a cave at the site of Qumran near the Dead Sea. Made of copper, the scroll stood […]

Apr 25

An Early Israelite Curse Inscription from Mt. Ebal?

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

In early 2022, a research team led by scholars from the Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) announced the discovery of a lead tablet from Mt. […]

Moses Shapira, the man behind the Shapira Fragments

Apr 21

The Shapira Fragments

By: Jonathan Klawans

Followers of this blog may have heard that the 19th-century Shapira Affair[1] has resurfaced again. In March, 2021, a biblical scholar at the University of […]

The Masoretic Text and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Apr 19

The Masoretic Text and the Dead Sea Scrolls

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Do insights from the Dead Sea Scrolls add to the Masoretic text, and if so, should the original Hebrew Bible text be modified based this information? Scholars from both sides of the divide weigh in on this issue.

Shroud of Turin

Apr 6

The Shroud of Turin: Anything Left to Say?

By: Andrea Nicolotti

Today many consider the Shroud of Turin—the alleged burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth—to be the most important relic of Christianity.1 It is a linen […]

Mar 30

The Earliest Evidence of Christianity in Arabia?

By: Marek Dospěl

Before the emergence of Islam in the early seventh century, Arabia was home to a different monotheistic faith. Centuries before Muhammad, some ancient Arabian tribes […]

Lachish Sherd Early Inscription

Mar 22

Early Alphabetic Writing Found at Lachish

By: BAS Staff

A newly published inscription from Tel Lachish in southern Israel is the earliest alphabetic writing discovered in the southern Levant. The fragmentary inscription features a mere handful of letters inscribed on a tiny pottery sherd, measuring just 4 by 3.5 cm. The sherd is dated by radiocarbon to the 15th century B.C.E., or the first part of the Late Bronze Age.