Inscriptions

Inscriptions

saaryahu-ben-shabenyahu-seal-reversed

Sep 17

Givati Parking Lot Dig Unearths Rare Seal of Woman

By: Robin Ngo

Two First Temple period seals were discovered in the Givati Parking Lot excavations in Jerusalem. One seal belonged to a woman named Elihana bat Gael.

Jul 16

History of Bethlehem Documented by First Temple Period Bulla from the City of David

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Earliest History of Bethlehem Documented by First Temple Period Bulla from the City of David Jesus’ Birthplace in Ancient Bethlehem Confirmed as an Israelite City Centuries Earlier

hezekiah-bulla

May 18

King Hezekiah in the Bible: Royal Seal of Hezekiah Comes to Light

By: Robin Ngo

For the first time, the royal seal of King Hezekiah in the Bible has been found in an archaeological excavation.

mesha-stele

May 3

Scholars Identify Biblical King Balak on the Mesha Stele

By: Robin Ngo

Scholars have proposed a new reading of the Mesha Stele: one line refers not to the “House of David,” but to the Moab king Balak from the story of Balaam in the Bible.

tel-dan-stele

May 2

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.

Apr 17

Women of the Ancient Near East: Beturia Paulina

By: Carly Silver

There are a few unique references to Roman women converting to Judaism in the first century C.E.

Feb 26

Trilingual Inscription Surfaces Near Darius the Great’s Tomb

By: Megan Sauter

An ancient trilingual inscription has surfaced on a hillside near the tomb of Persian king Darius the Great 4 miles northwest of Persepolis, Iran.

Jan 29

Understanding an Ancient Israelite Military Title

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

A handful of ancient Israelite inscriptions feature an enigmatic title that has been variously translated as “governor of the city” and “commander of the fortress.” Who was this figure?

Jan 14

First Person: A Little Jot on a Jerusalem Column

By: Robert Cargill

The Jerusalem Column is the first inscription from the Second Temple period where the full spelling of the Hebrew name of Jerusalem appears.

Jan 7

Classical Corner: Phidias and Pericles: Hold My Wine

By: Diane Harris Cline

One way we protect our things is to label them. Ancient Greeks were no different when it came to such practices, including two famous fifth-century B.C.E. Athenians.