Bible History Daily

Bible History Daily


Jul 29

10 Things to Know About the Assyrian Empire

By: Robin Ngo

The Assyrians referenced in the Hebrew Bible were a mighty force that exerted power over much of the Near East, including Israel and Judah, in the ninth through seventh centuries B.C.E.

Jul 29

The Binding or Sacrifice of Isaac

By: Robin M. Jensen

The story of the offering of Isaac is one of the most powerful narratives in the Hebrew Bible. But each tradition has understood and used the story differently and for varying purposes.

Wall of Biblical Jerusalem

Jul 29

Missing Wall of Biblical Jerusalem Discovered

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Eastern section of Jerusalem’s Iron Age wall has been discovered.. It was uncovered in the City of David Archaeological Park, a short distance from the Temple Mount.


Jul 28

Speaking in Tongues in the Bible

By: Megan Sauter

Ben Witherington III addresses what happened at Pentecost in his Biblical Views column “Speaking in the Tongues of Men or Angels?”


Jul 27

Herod’s Death, Jesus’ Birth and a Lunar Eclipse

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Read letters published in the Q&C section of BAR debating the dates of Herod’s death, Jesus’ birth and to which lunar eclipse Josephus was referring.

Jul 26

Who Was the Wife of Cain?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Who did Cain marry? Where did she come from? Mary Joan Winn Leith suggests that while the Israelite storyteller knew that other men and women in Genesis existed outside of Eden, they did not matter to him or factor into his account. He was concerned with Adam and Eve and their progeny—not those outside of this group.

Jul 26

Review: A Walk to Caesarea: A Historical-Archaeological Perspective

By: Joseph L. Rife

A Walk to Caesarea: A Historical-Archaeological Perspective By Joseph Patrich (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society and Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 2018), xii + 174 pp., 193 ill. […]

Gethsemane Ritual Bath

Jul 25

Remains Found at Gethsemane

By: Jonathan Laden

Near the modern Gethsemane Church, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, excavations have revealed the remains of a Second Temple period mikveh (ritual […]

Jul 24

What Did Jesus Really Look Like?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

What did Jesus look like? In “Painting a Portrait of Jesus,” D. Moody Smith examined the difficulties in answering this question.

Jul 23

Lavish Second Temple “City Hall” Unveiled in Jerusalem

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Earlier this month, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) revealed the excavations of a lavish first-century C.E. public building in Jerusalem. The building, located near the […]