The Ancient Near Eastern World

The Ancient Near Eastern World

Hattusa Entrance

Dec 6

The Last Days of Hattusa

By: Trevor Bryce

In the latter part of the second millennium B.C., the Hittite empire was a Near Eastern superpower. Then, suddenly, the empire collapsed and Hattusa was invaded and destroyed.

Philistine captives at Medinet Habu

Nov 30

The Philistines: Urban Invaders or Emergent Immigrants?

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

A study, which examined archaeological finds from several Philistines cities, concluded that Philistine urbanization occurred gradually and only took place after they entered the southern Levant and were integrated with the local Canaanite community.

The Black Obelisk

Nov 25

The Kurkh Monolith and Black Obelisk

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

This is the first part of an exclusive Bible History Daily series on historical texts that are important for understanding the history and world of […]


Nov 24

Jews and Arabs Descended from Canaanites

By: Jonathan Laden

After examining the DNA of 93 bodies recovered from archaeological sites around the southern Levant, the land of Canaan in the Bible, researchers have concluded […]

Petra Treasury Al-Khazneh

Nov 6

Solving the Enigma of Petra and the Nabataeans

By: Glenn J. Corbett

Who were the Nabataeans, the industrious Arab people who built the city of Petra and its towering rock-cut monuments over 2,000 years ago?

Nov 5

Site-Seeing: Petra’s Temple of the Winged Lions

By: Glenn J. Corbett

A new program led by the American Center of Oriental Research is, for the first time, allowing visitors to go beyond Petra’s monuments to actually discover and experience its past and present.

Nov 4

Who Is Balaam Son of Beor? Part Three

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Although mentioned only a few times in the Hebrew Bible, Balaam son of Beor remains an extraordinary and intriguing figure and one of the earliest […]


Oct 25

The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

By: Megan Sauter

With 11 rock-hewn churches, Lalibela, Ethiopia, is understandably a place of pilgrimage for those in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Explore Lalibela’s spectacular subterranean churches in this web-exclusive slideshow.

Oct 11

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.

Phoenicians at Amrit

Oct 8

Who Were the Phoenicians?

By: Megan Sauter

With a commercial empire that lasted a millennium, the Phoenicians were major players in the ancient Mediterranean world. Spreading their culture and goods, they came into contact with many different groups, but their relationship with the Israelites was distinct.