The Ancient Near Eastern World

The Ancient Near Eastern World

Tel Kedesh

Oct 16

Ancient Grains of Truth

By: Marek Dospěl

Ancient texts are generally difficult to interpret. Even seasoned scholars of the ancient Near East who have spent many years learning to read the cuneiform […]

Oct 10

First Person: From Shalem to Jerusalem

By: Robert Cargill

I recently published a book titled Melchizedek, King of Sodom: How Scribes Invented the Biblical Priest-King. A highly technical book, it contains much textual analysis […]


Sep 8

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.

Medinet Habu

Sep 3

Medinet Habu: Philistines in Egypt

By: Don Knebel

Mr. Don Knebel traveled with BAS to Egypt in 2007; subsequently Jordan and many other places in the world.   In 2015 he wrote “Flushed with Curiosity; […]

Inscribed 2,800-yr-old altar from Ancient Ataroth

Aug 26

Inscribed Moabite Altar Mentions Biblical Rebellion

By: Jonathan Laden

Two Moabite inscriptions appear on a 2,800-year-old stone altar from Ataroth in modern Jordan. Notably, the words are written in the Moabite language and script, […]

Temple on Mount Gerizim

Aug 26

The Temple on Mount Gerizim—In the Bible and Archaeology

By: Megan Sauter

Temples have been found throughout the ancient Near East. What went on at these sites? Along with reconstructing architectural remains, can scholars piece together ancient worship practices? […]

Aug 12

Queens of Egypt

By: Megan Sauter

Those who sat on the throne of Egypt, one of the mightiest kingdoms of the ancient world, wielded a tremendous amount of power. At a time […]

Hazor Excavation Sketch

Aug 6

Canaanite Palace Staircase

By: Jonathan Laden

A massive staircase made of basalt plates 4.5 meters wide has been discovered at Tell Hazor, an ongoing excavation by Hebrew University, a part of the Selz Foundation Hazor Excavations in memory of Yigael Yadin. The lead archaeologists are Prof. Amnon Ben-Tor and Dr. Shlomit Bechar.


Aug 4

Ancient Clay Tablet Offers Insights into the Gilgamesh Epic

By: Robin Ngo

An ancient clay tablet acquired in recent years by the Sulaymaniyah Museum in Iraq offers new insights into the Gilgamesh Epic.


Aug 3

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.