Bible History Daily

Bible History Daily

Jan 21

Eunuchs in the Bible

By: Megan Sauter

Stephen J. Patterson discusses what Jesus meant when he referred to “eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:11–12).

Jan 21

53 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically

By: Lawrence Mykytiuk

How many people mentioned in the Hebrew Bible have been confirmed archaeologically? Lawrence Mykytiuk reveals the surprising number—from Israelite kings to Mesopotamian monarchs—and some lesser figures as well.

Aerial view of Tel Akko

Jan 20

Akko’s Total Archaeology Experience

By: Megan Sauter

Interview with Ann Killebrew, dig director at Tel Akko, a major maritime and economic hub in the ancient Southern Levant. Cannaanites, sea peoples, and Phoenicians all called Akko home at one time or another. It also includes the best preserved Crusader city in the world.

petra-treasury

Jan 19

Solving the Enigma of Petra and the Nabataeans

By: Glenn J. Corbett

Who were the Nabataeans, the industrious Arab people who built the city of Petra and its towering rock-cut monuments over 2,000 years ago?

The Bethesda Pool, Site of One of Jesus’ Miracles

Jan 18

The Bethesda Pool, Site of One of Jesus’ Miracles

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The Bethesda Pool, where Jesus heals the paralytic man in the Gospel of John, is a complex site. It appears to have been a mikveh, or ritual bath.

ashkar-gilson-manuscript

Jan 17

What Is the Oldest Hebrew Bible?

By: Jennifer Drummond

The oldest Hebrew Bible texts are the Dead Sea Scrolls (c. 250 B.C.E.–115 C.E.), but the most nearly complete copies of the Hebrew Bible are codices from a thousand years ago. What happened in the period between these two discoveries? The Ashkar-Gilson Manuscript fills the gap in our knowledge of this interim period.

Jan 15

3,000-Year-Old Hebrew Inscription Discovered

By: Jonathan Laden

A Hebrew inscription on a jar unearthed at Tel Abel Beth Macaah may resolve a long-running dispute about the extent of Israelite territory in the […]

Jan 14

Ancient Jerusalem: The Village, the Town, the City

By: Hershel Shanks

Archaeologist Hillel Geva says that population estimates for ancient Jerusalem are too high. His new estimates begin with people living on no more than a dozen acres.

Siloam Pool

Jan 14

The Siloam Pool: Where Jesus Healed the Blind Man

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The Siloam Pool has long been considered a sacred Christian site, even if the correct identification of the site itself was uncertain. According to the Gospel of John, it was at the Siloam Pool where Jesus healed the blind man (John 9:1–11).

Jan 13

Market along Jerusalem’s Pilgrimage Road Found

By: Jonathan Laden

Archaeologists have found rare 2,000-year-old measurement tools that indicate a major town square. In a rare find, they unearthed the top of a table used […]