Daily Life and Practice

Daily Life and Practice

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Jan 7

Lasting Impressions from Ancient Maresha 

By: Marek Dospěl

Archaeologists excavating the Hellenistic city of Maresha made a stunning discovery in 2018, when they stumbled upon what must have been an ancient archive. So […]

Dove

Jan 1

The Enduring Symbolism of Doves

By: Dorothy Willette

Few symbols have a tradition as long and as rich as the dove. Read about what it represents and how its use has been shared, adapted and reinterpreted across cultures and millennia to suit changing belief systems.

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 […]

Judean date palm

Dec 22

New Fruit from Old Seeds

By: Megan Sauter

While excavating in the Judean wilderness, archaeologists found hundreds of seeds from palm trees that grew in the arid region some 2,000 years ago. Dr. […]

Broken "piggy bank" Juglet with coins

Dec 20

Trove of Ancient Gold Coins Found in Yavneh Juglet

By: Jonathan Laden

A trove of 1,200-year-old gold coins was discovered in a broken juglet. It was evidently the personal piggy bank of a potter who worked the industrial kilns at Yavneh for commercial production of pots and bowls.

Medically Hole-drilled Skull

Dec 19

Medicine in the Ancient World

By: Sarah Yeomans

What exactly did ancient cultures do to combat disease and injury, and did these methods have any real basis in science as we know it today? The answers may surprise you.

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Dec 13

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.

Second Temple Period Game Die

Dec 6

Ancient Game Die Discovered

By: Jonathan Laden

For almost two hundred years, Beit El has been claimed by some scholars as the site of biblical Bethel, where in the Bible, Jacob dreamed […]

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 […]

Nov 26

A Biblical Spice Rack

By: Devorah Emmet Wigoder

The brevity of life is compared to the delicate bloom of the caper in one of the Bible’s many references to fragrant and edible plants. Enjoy a glimpse of some of these plants.