Ancient Cultures

Ancient Cultures

tell-es-safi-gath-ancient-beer-jug

May 23

Cheers! Scholars Brew Ancient Beer with Millennia-Old Ingredients

By: Robin Ngo

A recently published paper describes researchers using ancient ingredients to recreate ancient beers.

May 17

What Was Life Like for Roman Slaves?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

In the southwest of Asia Minor, at the site of Aphrodisias, Turkey, archaeology has provided insight into the lives of Roman slaves, including a man named Zoilos who earned his freedom.

eurytios-krater-louvre

May 9

What Does the Bible Say About Dogs?

By: Megan Sauter

A survey of dogs’ portrayals in ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean cultures shows that far from being perceived as “unclean,” dogs served as companions, guard dogs, sheep dogs, hunters, and—surprisingly—physicians.

edomite-goddess- qitmit

May 2

Who Were the Ammonites, Moabites and Edomites in the Bible?

By: Megan Sauter

During the Iron Age, when Israel and Judah ruled Canaan, the kingdoms of Ammon, Moab and Edom ruled east of the Jordan River. Recent archaeological discoveries vastly increase our understanding of these kingdoms and their religion.

hattusa-wall

May 1

Who Were the Hittites?

By: Ellen White

Archaeology tells us a lot about the Hittites—and the Neo-Hittites too. But it’s hard to reconcile this with the Hittites of the Bible.

May 1

No, No, Bad Dog: Dogs in the Bible

By: Ellen White

Dogs—or celeb in Hebrew—were not well loved in the Bible. Given the negative associations with dogs, it is surprising that one of the great Hebrew spies bears this name.

ancient-egyptian-statuette-grinding-grain

Apr 23

What Did People Eat and Drink in Roman Palestine?

By: Megan Sauter

Go on a culinary adventure through historical and archaeological remains to reconstruct the diet of the average person in Roman Palestine.

Apr 21

The 10 Strangest Foods in the Bible

By: David Moster

Many Biblical stories are set within the context of a meal. While most of these are about regular meals, others refer to more bizarre, extreme or supernatural cases of eating and drinking.

gamla-synagogue

Apr 20

Ancient Synagogues in Israel and the Diaspora

By: Megan Sauter

Were there synagogues before the Romans destroyed the Temple, or did they develop only afterward? Communal structures from the Second Temple period have been discovered, but should they be considered synagogues even though they don’t share the major architectural feature common to post-destruction synagogues?

lod-mosaic-animals

Apr 20

The Lod Mosaic—Jewish, Christian or Pagan?

By: Robin Ngo

A series of stunning mosaic floors dated to around 300 C.E. were uncovered in Lod, Israel. Plants, birds, fish and animals are depicted in the mosaics—but no human figures. Who made these mosaics?