Artifacts and the Bible

Artifacts and the Bible

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.

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.

BLMJ-4564

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.

qeiyafa-doorway

Oct 27

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?

tel-dan-stele

Oct 18

The Tel Dan Inscription: The First Historical Evidence of King David from the Bible

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Few modern Biblical archaeology discoveries have attracted as much attention as the Tel Dan inscription—writing on a ninth-century B.C. stone slab (or stela) that furnished the first historical evidence of King David from the Bible.

Oct 16

Treasures in Clay Jars

By: Mark Wilson

The ubiquity of hoards in antiquity, both in time and region, suggests that the phenomenon was so well known that Paul could reasonably use it as an analogy. These treasures—the coin hoards mentioned in of 2 Corinthians 4:7—were never placed in clay lamps but rather in clay jars.

Qeiyafa Figurine

Oct 2

On Data and Its Interpretation

By: Yosef Garfinkel

I was pleased to see four reputable scholars dedicate such a long discussion[1] to refuting my putative interpretation of the cultic paraphernalia from Moẓa as […]

Sep 30

Why Did Early Christians Prefer the Codex to the Bookroll?

By: Marek Dospěl

Evidence shows that preserved early Christian manuscripts are more often codices than the then-established bookrolls. Why?

Fishes and loaves

Sep 10

Jesus Holding a Magic Wand?

By: Marek Dospěl

Did Jesus use a magic wand when performing his miracles? It seems so—if we are to judge by some of the earliest depictions of Jesus […]