Biblical Artifacts

Biblical Artifacts

May 31

Shifting Borders?

By: Robert A. Mullins

Five faded letters inscribed on a storage jar is all the textual evidence we have from ninth-century BCE Abel Beth Maacah in the far north […]

May 26

Defending the “House of David”

By: André Lemaire and Jean-Philippe Delorme

In our article “Mesha’s Stele and the House of David” (Biblical Archaeology Review, Winter 2022), we showed that new photographs of the stone and the […]

May 19

An Early Israelite Curse Inscription from Mt. Ebal?

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

This is an update to our original coverage of the Mt. Ebal inscription as first published in Bible History Daily on April 25, 2022. In […]

May 10

Does the Mesha Stele Really Reference the Dynasty of King David of the Bible?

By: Megan Sauter

The Mesha Stele and “House of David” take center stage yet again. In the Winter 2022 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, André Lemaire and Jean-Philippe […]

Qumran, Aerial View

May 7

Who Were the Essenes?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

A recent study has sought to determine by sophisticated methods whether Khirbet Qumran was home to a community of sectarian Jews, the Essenes.


May 4

10 Great Biblical Artifacts at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem

By: David Moster

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

The Masoretic Text and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Apr 25

The Masoretic Text and the Dead Sea Scrolls

By: BAS Staff

Do insights from the Dead Sea Scrolls add to the Masoretic text, and if so, should the original Hebrew Bible text be modified based this information? Scholars from both sides of the divide weigh in on this issue.

Apr 24

Pontius Pilate’s Ring Reexamined

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Is this Pontius Pilate’s ring? First published in 2018, the small copper ring quickly made international headlines with its captivating one-word Greek inscription: ΠΙΛΑΤΟ (Pilato)—the […]

what are the dead sea scrolls

Apr 16

What Are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

By: Nathan Steinmeyer and Megan Sauter

The Dead Sea Scrolls are considered by many to be the most significant archaeological find of the 20th century. From 1947 to 1956, thousands of […]

Reconstruction of the Ark of the Covenant

Apr 9

The Ark of the Covenant in its Egyptian Context

By: David A. Falk

The Ark of the Covenant as we know it from the Hebrew Bible is steeped in the culture and context of its time (Late Bronze […]