Bible History Daily

Bible History Daily

Where is Kadesh? The site of Tell el-Qudeirat in the northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula is considered to be the best candidate. Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority.

May 28

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?

Fifth-century B.C. Attic vase, from Basel’s Antikenmuseum. Photo: Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, INV.

May 28

Lay That Ghost: Necromancy in Ancient Greece and Rome

By: Daniel Ogden

When seeking “hidden” knowledge, ancient Greeks and Romans visited sacred oracles and consulted necromancers, who communed with the dead. The necromancer’s art often involved strange journeys, sleep-and-dreaming rituals and even blood sacrifices—since the ghostly shades were thought to need a tonic of fresh blood to become reanimated. Our modern fascination with exorcism and vampires suggests that necromancy is hardly dead.

May 27

An Early Alphabetic Text from Beth Shemesh

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

An early alphabetic text discovered at Beth Shemesh in central Israel has drawn the attention of Assyriologists and archaeologists for nearly a century. Although the […]

Qasr-el-Wizz

May 26

Jesus as Lord of the Dance

By: Paul Dilley

The apocryphal Acts of John describe the dance of Jesus and the apostles. How widespread was the ritual of dance in Christian worship?

Tall el-Hammam

May 25

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?

Byzantine carving

May 24

Ships in the Desert

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

While carrying out salvage excavations in the city of Rahat in the northern Negev desert, archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) came across something […]

Does the Merneptah Stele Contain the First Mention of Israel?

May 23

Does the Merneptah Stele Contain the First Mention of Israel?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Does this fragmentary hieroglyphic inscription contain the first mention of Israel? According to a recently published article by Manfred Görg, Peter van der Veen and Christoffer Theis, the name-ring on the right may indeed read “Israel,” and they date it almost 200 years earlier than the reference to Israel on the Merneptah Stele.

Late-15th-century painting by the Spanish artist known as the Master of Perea depicts a Last Supper of lamb, unleavened bread and wine. Photo: Christie’s Images/Superstock

May 23

Was Jesus a Jew?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Was Jesus a Jew? Some people claim that Jesus was a Christian. Some have claimed that he was an Aryan Christian. But in recent decades scholars have been returning to ancient historical settings and discovering the Jewish Jesus.

May 22

Debating the Future of Biblical Archaeology

By: Glenn J. Corbett

This past January, prominent archaeologists and biblical scholars from around the world gathered for a weekend of lectures and discussion at the Lanier Theological Library […]

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May 21

Biblical Sidon—Jezebel’s Hometown

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The city of Sidon on the coast of modern Lebanon is mentioned 38 times in the Hebrew Bible. Recent excavations have exposed part of the ancient Canaanite—and later Phoenician—city, including a massive temple and depictions of deities worshiped at Sidon.