Biblical Archaeology Topics

Biblical Archaeology Topics

Jun 1

Text Treasures: Cairo Geniza

By: Marek Dospěl

The Cairo Geniza refers to the cache of about 300,000 documents found in the attic storeroom of the Ben Ezra Synagogue, located in Fustat (in […]

May 26

Where Noah Landed?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Still another group is looking for Mt. Ararat, where the Bible says Noah landed after the flood. This group is looking to confirm the tradition that nearby Mt. Cudi (Judi Dagh) is really Mt. Ararat, as recorded in the Quran, Sura 11.44.


May 10

Ancient Samaria and Jerusalem

By: Robin Ngo

Jill Katz explains how the field of urban anthropology can shed light on the ideological differences between Jerusalem and Samaria.

Herod Tomb

Apr 3

How Was Jesus’ Tomb Sealed?

By: Megan Sauter

What kind of stone sealed the tomb of Jesus? Was it a round (disk-shaped) stone or a square (cork-shaped) stone? While both kinds of blocking stones are attested in Jerusalem tombs from the time of Jesus, square (cork-shaped) stones are much, much more common than round (disk-shaped) ones.

Feb 11

Five Ways to Defend an Ancient City

By: Oded Borowski

    Fortifications in the Biblical World What distinguished an ancient village or town from a city? One thing, perhaps the most important, was fortifications. […]

Jan 4

Locating Zoar

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Read Master’s College professor Bill Schlegel’s commentary on the location of Zoar along with Steven Collins’s response.

Sep 13

How to Tell a Tell

By: Oded Borowski

When you look at a map of the Middle East, you may notice many place names that include as their element the word “tell.” You […]

BAR Fall 2021 Cover

Sep 1

Biblical Archaeology for the People

By: BAS Staff

BAR Editor Glenn J. Corbett interviewed three leading scholars Eric H. Cline, Melissa Cradic, and Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In their conversation, they discuss the importance of public scholarship, new efforts to reach broader audiences, and the critical role BAR plays in bridging the gap between scholars and a public eager to know more.

Ancient Fingerprints at Tell es-Safi/Gath

Jun 17

Archaeological Forensics

By: Marek Dospěl

“Pottery-making was not a solitary affair; it was not limited to adults or highly experienced potters,” remarks Kent D. Fowler, Professor in the Department of […]

BAR Lamp

Jun 14

BAS Publication Awards – Call for Entries


Nominations are invited for the 2021 Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Awards, for books published in 2019 and 2020. The biennial BAS Publication Awards for books […]