Bible History Daily

Bible History Daily

Tombs from the time of the Sanhedrin in Yavne

Dec 3

Discovering the Sanhedrin

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Earlier this week, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced the discovery of a building in Yavne that dates to the time of the Jewish Sanhedrin […]

Dec 2

That Other “King of the Jews”

By: James Tabor

According to the gospel of Mark, when Jesus is on trial before the Roman Prefect Pontius Pilate he was asked if he claimed to be the “King of the Jews,” and his ambiguous answer was “You say so.”

Lucas van Leyden, Maccabees

Dec 2

Hanukkah, 1 and 2 Maccabees, and the Apocrypha

By: Jonathan Klawans

Every year, Jewish families the world over  celebrate the festival of Hanukkah. And how dramatic it is: Just as the nights are starting earlier and […]

Nov 30

Anna in the Bible

By: Robin Gallaher Branch

Anna is one of the Bible’s most unusual women. Introduced at the end of the Birth Narrative (Luke 1:1-2:40), Anna concludes the sextet of named, pious Israelites surrounding the miraculous births of John and Jesus.

Copper Scroll

Nov 30

Dating the Copper Scroll

By: Megan Sauter

In 1952, archaeologists found the Copper Scroll in a cave at the site of Qumran near the Dead Sea. Made of copper, the scroll stood […]

Nov 28

The Riches of the Second Temple

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) recently announced the discovery of a 2,000-year-old silver coin in Jerusalem’s City of David Archaeological Park. Archaeologists believe the coin, […]

Nov 28

Modi’in: Where the Maccabees Lived

By: Robin Ngo

Modi’in was the hometown of the Maccabees, the heroes of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid king who ruled over Judea. Have excavations conducted within the modern Israeli city of Modi’in finally exposed the Jewish village that the Maccabees called home?


Nov 27

Where Did the Temple Menorah Go?

By: Marek Dospěl

There is little doubt that the Temple Menorah was taken to Rome after the destruction of Jerusalem. However, Rome was sacked, and the Temple Menorah was looted. After disaster befell the cities that housed it as a spoil of war, was it returned to Jerusalem?

Canaanite Idol at Tel Moza

Nov 26

Canaanite Idol in a Judahite Temple?

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

As first reported by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, archaeologists may have discovered material evidence that early Judeans worshiped Canaanite idols—at a site less than four miles […]


Nov 26

What Did Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem Look Like?

By: Jennifer Drummond

Fifty years ago, leading Israeli scholar Michael Avi-Yonah constructed a now-iconic model of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem. How accurate is it?