Bible History Daily

Bible History Daily

Bert de Vries

Sep 22

Milestones: Bert de Vries (1939-2021)

By: Barbara A. Porter

On March 28, Bert de Vries, long time director of the Umm al Jimal excavations in Jordan and former director of the American Center of […]

Rulers of Kush

Sep 21

The Kingdom of Cush

By: Jennifer Drummond

The Kingdom of Cush, Egypt’s neighbor to the south, played an important role in biblical history despite being one of the lesser known kingdoms. According to 2 Kings 19:9, “Tirhakah, King of Cush” came to the aid of Hezekiah against Sennacherib, king of Assyria, when his forces laid siege to Jerusalem in 701 B.C.E. Without such aid, Judah would have likely gone the way of the Kingdom of Israel—spread to the four winds, never to return.

jesus-last-supper

Sep 21

Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Seder?

By: Jonathan Klawans

Many assume that Jesus' Last Supper was a Seder, the ritual Passover meal. Examine evidence from the synoptic Gospels with scholar Jonathan Klawans.

Sep 20

Qumran’s True Purpose Discovered?

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Archaeologists have long puzzled over the exact function of Khirbet Qumran—the famous site located next to the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found—since […]

Sep 19

The Gospel of Thomas’s 114 Sayings of Jesus

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Read the 114 sayings of Jesus from the Gospel of Thomas as translated by Stephen J. Patterson and James M. Robinson.

Merneptah Stele

Sep 18

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.

Sep 17

First Temple Cheating Weight

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

As first reported in the Jerusalem Post, archaeologists recently discovered a fraudulent stone weight dating to the First Temple period in Jerusalem’s City of David […]

Sep 17

A Biblical Spice Rack

By: Devorah Emmet Wigoder

The brevity of life is compared to the delicate bloom of the caper in one of the Bible’s many references to fragrant and edible plants. Enjoy a glimpse of some of these plants.

Sep 16

Abraham and Lot in the Bible

By: Megan Sauter

Ancient interpreters frequently painted Lot as greedy and unscrupulous—a foil to Abraham’s righteousness.

Sep 15

Joseph in Egypt

By: Marek Dospěl

The biblical figure of Joseph offers one of the most fascinating narratives of the Hebrew Bible. Genesis 37–50 tells the intricate and adventurous story that […]