Daily Life and Practice

Daily Life and Practice

Biblical Bread Baking

Nov 24

Biblical Bread: Baking Like the Ancient Israelites

By: Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

A team from the Tell Halif archaeological excavation made their own tannur, a traditional oven referenced in the Hebrew Bible, and baked bread in it.

Nov 8

The Origins of Democracy

By: James Sickinger

When we think of democracy, we usually think of the ancient Greeks, but identifying the exact origins of political practices can be tricky.

Sep 27

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.

Sep 19

Luxury in the Negev Desert — 1200 Years Ago

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

In a first-of-its-kind discovery, archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have uncovered a remarkable rural estate in the Negev Desert, dating to the eighth-ninth […]

ancient-music-lute-player

Sep 18

How Were Biblical Psalms Originally Performed?

By: Marek Dospěl

Biblical psalms have throughout millennia been an important part of traditional Jewish and Christian worship. How were Biblical psalms originally performed?

Temple on Mount Gerizim

Sep 15

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? […]

Sep 8

First Temple Cheating Weight

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

A First Temple cheating weight was found at City of David, dating from Iron Age Jerusalem. The 2,700-year-old stone is four times as heavy as its markings indicate. There were several admonitions against cheating in this manner, in the Bible.

board game pieces

Sep 5

Board Games and Divination in Hellenistic Israel

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

  Board games have been around for thousands of years. Although typically used as a pastime in the modern world, they had a second use […]

Einot Amitai

Aug 30

Jewish Purification: Stone Vessel Workshop Discovered in Galilee

By: Robin Ngo

An excavation at a cave in Galilee has uncovered what may be a 2,000-year-old stone vessel production center. In the first century C.E., Jews commonly used stone vessels in observance of Jewish purity laws.

Medically Hole-drilled Skull

Aug 21

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.