Ancient Israel

Ancient Israel

The Pyramin of Pharaoh Djoser

Mar 21

Pharaoh’s Brick Makers

By: Marek Dospěl

What does the Bibleclaim about the Israelites’ forced labor for the Pharaoh? Looking for the most plausible match in ancient Egyptian architecture.

Pottery Figurine from 2500 years ago

Mar 10

Amulet from Bible Times Found by Child

By: Jonathan Laden

An 11-year-old found a rare pottery figurine in the Negev from biblical times.

eeckhout-judah-tamar

Mar 3

Sacred Prostitution in the Story of Judah and Tamar?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

While some scholars suggest that temple prostitution was practiced in ancient Israel, Edward Lipiński argues that neither the Bible nor archaeology provides any clear evidence that Israelite religion incorporated the sexual rites of Canaanite goddesses.

Etched bone fragment from Paleolithic

Feb 18

Earliest Human Symbol Found?

By: Jonathan Laden

A bone fragment, marked with symbols, has been found in the Ramie region of Israel. At approximately 120,000 years old, it is possibly the earliest […]

Jan 30

Daily Life in Ancient Israel

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

What was life like for the tribes of Israel in the time of the Biblical Judges, the period archaeologists call Iron Age I (1200–1000 B.C.E.)?

Sukkot

Dec 31

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

By: Megan Sauter

In ancient Israel, were gluttony and drunkenness—excessive eating and drinking—viewed as acceptable behaviors? As it turns out, the answer is somewhat complicated. On the one […]

Gethsemane Ritual Bath

Dec 29

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 […]

Antiochus IV--Epiphanes

Dec 16

Antiochus Epiphanes—The Bible’s Most Notoriously Forgotten Villain

By: John Gregory Drummond

Many names come to mind when someone mentions the great “villains” of the Bible. Some are foreign powers, like the Pharaoh of the Exodus or […]

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Dec 12

First Person: Did the Kingdoms of Saul, David and Solomon Actually Exist?

By: Hershel Shanks

In BAR, Hershel Shanks examines a recent article published by archaeologist Amihai Mazar. Mazar contends that while the Biblical narratives were written hundreds of years after the reigns of Saul, David and Solomon, they “retain memories of reality.”

Model of typical Pillared House

Dec 2

Living in Ancient Judah

By: Jonathan Laden

A new virtual exhibition, Daily Life in an Ancient Judean Town, has been announced by the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology. It promises to cover […]