Bible History Daily

Bible History Daily

Boundary Stone Discovered

Oct 28

Ancient Boundary Stone Discovered

By: Jonathan Laden

In the Golan Heights, where the Syrian village of Nafah had been until the 1967 war with Israel, an excavation discovered a large stone covering […]

Herod Tomb

Oct 28

How Was Jesus’ Tomb Sealed?

By: Megan Sauter

What kind of stone sealed the tomb of Jesus? Was it a round (disk-shaped) stone or a square (cork-shaped) stone? While both kinds of blocking stones are attested in Jerusalem tombs from the time of Jesus, square (cork-shaped) stones are much, much more common than round (disk-shaped) ones.

qeiyafa-doorway

Oct 27

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?

John 3, 16 Greek Bible image

Oct 26

Loanwords in Biblical Hebrew

By: Philip D. Stern

Every language has a history. English, for instance, has a storied history, with many foreign words borrowed from other languages. “Pachyderm” for instance, comes from […]

Mary Magdalene

Oct 24

Was Mary Magdalene Wife of Jesus? Was Mary Magdalene a Prostitute?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute who repented or simply an influential female follower of Jesus? Mary from Magdala has popularly been saddled with an unfavorable reputation, but how did this notion come about?

Merneptah Stele

Oct 23

The Exodus: Fact or Fiction?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Does archaeological evidence connect with Israel’s Exodus from Egypt—a central event in the Bible? Egyptian artifacts and sites show that the Biblical text does indeed recount accurate memories from the period to which the Exodus is generally assigned.

Negev Sites

Oct 22

Trash Reveals Ancient Agriculture’s Secrets

By: Jonathan Laden

Ancient societies often don’t leave behind complete descriptions of their lives. Every source of information can help modern researchers understand better, even what the members […]

Queen of Sheba

Oct 21

Who Is the Queen of Sheba in the Bible?

By: Megan Sauter

The meeting of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba is described in the Bible. Bringing exquisite gifts, the Queen of Sheba came from an exotic land—but where exactly?

Cornelius

Oct 20

The Origin of Christianity

By: Noah Wiener

Geza Vermes explores the origin of Christianity by examining the characteristics of the Jewish Jesus movement to see how it developed into a distinctly gentile religion.

Oct 19

What “God Is Love” Actually Means

By: Ben Witherington III

Over decades of studying the Bible, I’ve noted how much emphasis many scholars place on the adjectives used to describe the biblical God—God is righteous, […]