Biblical Sites & Places

Biblical Sites & Places

Machaerus Rendering

Jun 28

Machaerus: Beyond the Beheading of John the Baptist

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

According to the Gospels, Herod Antipas had John the Baptist imprisoned and killed at the request of the beautiful Salome. Josephus locates the event at Machaerus. The archaeological finds paint a clear picture of this magnificent site’s colorful but bloody history.

qeiyafa-doorway

Jun 21

The Doorways of Solomon’s Temple

By: Megan Sauter

In the Bible, the inner shrine of Solomon’s Temple is described as having five mezuzot. What are they? The question has puzzled Biblical scholars for centuries. Does a recently discovered shrine model from Khirbet Qeiyafa hold the answer?

Ain Dara temple

Jun 19

Searching for the Temple of King Solomon

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The black basalt ruins of the Iron Age temple discovered at ’Ain Dara in northern Syria offer the closest known parallel to the Temple of King Solomon in the Bible.

Jun 19

Did This Winery Get Noah Drunk?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Robert Mondavi may have been one of the best-known vineyard operators in recent years, but Noah was the first. This is often overlooked in the shadow of Noah’s deluge-defying ark accomplishment, but the Bible states very clearly in Genesis 9 that, after the ark ran aground in the mountains of Ararat (now identified with Mt. Ararat), “Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard” (Genesis 9:20).

Tomb of Apostle Philip Found

Jun 16

Tomb of Apostle Philip Found

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Amid the remains of a fourth- or fifth-century church at Hierapolis, one of the most significant Christian sites in Turkey, archaeologist Francesco D’Andria found a first-century Roman tomb that he believes once held the remains of the apostle Philip.

colossae-cadmus-turkey

Jun 12

Where Is Biblical Colossae?

By: Megan Sauter

The once great city of Colossae in modern Turkey has never been excavated. To the untrained eye, the site may appear unimpressive, but great archaeological treasures lie beneath its surface.

Jun 7

Wilderness Wanderings: Where is Kadesh?

By: Robin Ngo

According to the Bible, the Israelites stayed at a place called Kadesh-Barnea following their Exodus from Egypt and wanderings through the desert. Where is Kadesh-Barnea?

Tall el-Hammam

Jun 5

Where Is Sodom?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The stories of Sodom and its destruction, whether historical or not, were clearly understood to have occurred near the Dead Sea, among the so-called “cities of the plain” mentioned in Genesis 13, verse 12. But where exactly was this plain, and was a particular site associated with Sodom?

May 27

The Mosaics of Nebo

By: Debra Foran

The region of Mt. Nebo and the nearby city of Madaba in Jordan are world famous for their Byzantine mosaics, which date from the fifth […]

May 26

Where Noah Landed?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Still another group is looking for Mt. Ararat, where the Bible says Noah landed after the flood. This group is looking to confirm the tradition that nearby Mt. Cudi (Judi Dagh) is really Mt. Ararat, as recorded in the Quran, Sura 11.44.