Biblical Artifacts

Biblical Artifacts

Apr 17

Women of the Ancient Near East: Beturia Paulina

By: Carly Silver

There are a few unique references to Roman women converting to Judaism in the first century C.E.

Apr 16

Nathan-Melek: Servant of the King

By: Megan Sauter

An impressive new seal impression has been uncovered in the City of David in Jerusalem.

Feb 26

Trilingual Inscription Surfaces Near Darius the Great’s Tomb

By: Megan Sauter

An ancient trilingual inscription has surfaced on a hillside near the tomb of Persian king Darius the Great 4 miles northwest of Persepolis, Iran.

Jan 29

Understanding an Ancient Israelite Military Title

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

A handful of ancient Israelite inscriptions feature an enigmatic title that has been variously translated as “governor of the city” and “commander of the fortress.” Who was this figure?

Jan 28

Puzzling Finds from Kuntillet ‘Ajrud

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

“Yahweh and his Asherah” is written across the top of this eighth-century B.C. drawing on a ceramic pithos from Kuntillet ‘Ajrud in the eastern Sinai. Some scholars have theorized that these figures resembling the Egyptian god Bes are in fact a drawing of God and his consort.


Jan 26

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

By: Robin Ngo

For the first time, the royal seal of King Hezekiah in the Bible has been found in an archaeological excavation.

Jan 14

First Person: A Little Jot on a Jerusalem Column

By: Robert Cargill

The Jerusalem Column is the first inscription from the Second Temple period where the full spelling of the Hebrew name of Jerusalem appears.

Jan 7

Classical Corner: Phidias and Pericles: Hold My Wine

By: Diane Harris Cline

One way we protect our things is to label them. Ancient Greeks were no different when it came to such practices, including two famous fifth-century B.C.E. Athenians.

Jan 1

How Ancient Taxes Were Collected Under King Manasseh

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

A seventh-century B.C.E. clay bulla inscribed in paleo-Hebrew script provides evidence for how ancient taxes were collected during the reign of the Biblical King Manasseh.


Dec 28

New Dead Sea Scroll Caves?

By: Megan Sauter

Archaeologists have identified two new caves that may have once held Dead Sea Scrolls.