Biblical Artifacts

Biblical Artifacts

Jar Lid Showing Papyrus Residue

Dec 6

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.


Nov 27

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament

By: Megan Sauter

What do the Dead Sea Scrolls say about Jesus? What do they say about the world in which Jesus lived? In BAR, James C. VanderKam examines the overlap between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament.


Nov 23

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.


Nov 18

The Doorways of Solomon’s Temple

By: Megan Sauter

In the Bible, the inner shrine of Solomon’s Temple is described as having five mezuzot. What are they? The question has puzzled Biblical scholars for centuries. Does a recently discovered shrine model from Khirbet Qeiyafa hold the answer?

Herod Statue Base

Nov 18

What Did King Herod Look Like?

By: Megan Sauter

There is no doubt that King Herod the Great left his mark on history. Not only did he carry out impressive building projects throughout ancient […]

Nov 4

New Old Torah Scroll

By: Marek Dospěl

The few surviving Torah scrolls that are this old are all very fragmentary and almost illegible. It is thus exciting to find a very old, well-preserved Torah scroll, even if it’s only a fragment, a single sheet.

Staircases at The Church of the Glorious Martyr

Oct 30

Byzantine Church Dedicated to “Glorious Martyr” Discovered Near Jerusalem

By: Jonathan Laden

Today, no one knows who the “glorious martyr” was, at least not yet. But Benjamin Storchan and the Israel Antiquity Authority have found the martyr’s […]

The Nabonidus Inscription

Oct 28

The Nabonidus Inscription at Sela

By: Megan Sauter

In the sixth century B.C.E., the Neo-Babylonian king Nabonidus inscribed imperial propaganda on a cliff at Sela, a mountain fortress in modern Jordan, after conquering the Edomite site. The 10-by-6.5-foot inscription rests 300 feet above ground—halfway up a 600-foot-tall cliff!


Oct 2

The Aramaic Afterlives of Genesis’s Giants

By: Andrew Perrin

The mention of giants before the flood in Genesis 6:4 has been both a source of imagination and interpretation down through the centuries. This curious passage, however, was the departure point for Aramaic exegesis that answered the question of the origins and end of all evil.

Sep 25

What is Pseudepigraphy and How Did It Shape Scripture?

By: Andrew Perrin

There are many voices in scripture, yet seldom do we hear that of scribes. One strategy ancient Jewish scribes used to transmit and create works was the practice of pseudepigraphy. What was it, how did it work, and why did it breathe new life into overlooked biblical characters?