Biblical Artifacts

Biblical Artifacts

Mar 5

Miniature Writing on Ancient Amulets

By: Robin Ngo

In 1979, archaeologist Gabriel Barkay discovered two miniature silver scrolls from a late Iron Age (seventh century B.C.E.) tomb in Ketef Hinnom outside of Jerusalem. When unrolled, the scrolls had tiny texts written on them—similar to the priestly blessing in Numbers 6:24–26.

Jewish Catacombs in Rome

Feb 25

Last Words

By: Marek Dospěl

Death is the great equalizer. You probably know the saying, and, yes, everyone dies one day, and nobody can live forever. But that’s where this […]

Roman Coin from Geva

Feb 11

Roman Coin Discovered on Mt. Carmel

By: Jonathan Laden

A soldier found a rare coin during a training exercise, announced the Israel Antiquities Authority on February 9th, 2021. On the front, the coin shows […]

Purple-clad David anointed king by Samuel.

Jan 31

The Royal Purple of David and Solomon

By: Jonathan Laden

Purple dye, made from Mediterranean mollusk, gives textiles the royal purple color that is often referred to in the Bible. For the first time in the Levant, remnants of the dyed fabrics have been found from 1,000 B.C.E., the time of biblical Kings David and Solomon.

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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 […]

Jan 4

3,000-Year-Old Hebrew Inscription Discovered

By: Jonathan Laden

A Hebrew inscription on a jar unearthed at Tel Abel Beth Macaah may resolve a long-running dispute about the extent of Israelite territory in the […]

Jar Lid Showing Papyrus Residue

Dec 30

Decayed Papyrus Hints that More Dead Sea Scrolls Remain

By: Jonathan Laden

The owner of the lid thought that it was contaminated by hardened bat dung. However, the residue was from papyrus. A jar probably fell, dislodging the lid; the papyrus Dead Sea Scrolls then decomposed over the intervening centuries before modern discovery.

Dec 26

The Nag Hammadi Codices and Gnostic Christianity

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Until the discovery of the Nag Hammadi codices in 1945, the Gnostic view of early Christianity had largely been forgotten. The teachings of Gnostic Christianity had been virtually erased from history by the early church fathers.

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Nov 26

The Puzzling Limits of Models

By: Jonathan Laden

Archaeology has been likened to solving a puzzle which is missing some–or occasionally most–of its pieces. The scholars who dedicate their lives to this pursuit […]

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Nov 17

10 Great Biblical Artifacts at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem

By: David Moster

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem houses one of the world’s most important collections of Biblical artifacts.