Biblical Sites & Places

Biblical Sites & Places

herods-temple-avi-yonah

Apr 9

What Did Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem Look Like?

By: Jennifer Drummond

Fifty years ago, leading Israeli scholar Michael Avi-Yonah constructed a now-iconic model of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem. How accurate is it?

church-of-the-redeemer

Apr 4

Where Is Golgotha, Where Jesus Was Crucified?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Where is Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified, located in Jerusalem? Marcel Serr and Dieter Vieweger discuss past and current investigations into the site where Jesus was crucified.

Herod Tomb

Apr 2

How Was Jesus’ Tomb Sealed?

By: Megan Sauter

What kind of stone sealed the tomb of Jesus? Was it a round (disk-shaped) stone or a square (cork-shaped) stone? While both kinds of blocking stones are attested in Jerusalem tombs from the time of Jesus, square (cork-shaped) stones are much, much more common than round (disk-shaped) ones.

Cenacle Jerusalem

Apr 2

Did Jesus’ Last Supper Take Place Above the Tomb of David?

By: Marek Dospěl

Jesus’ Last Supper and the Tomb of David are traditionally associated with a building called the Cenacle in Jerusalem. Can archaeology shed light on these traditions?

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Mar 31

Investigating the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

By: Megan Souter

Take a pilgrimage to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest site in Christendom, in the Spring 2021 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. Situated […]

Church of Holy Sepulchre Diagram

Feb 26

Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

By: Justin L. Kelley

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre commemorates the traditional location of Jesus’s death and resurrection. Undergoing several major phases of construction, what began as a […]

et-tell

Feb 17

Where Is Biblical Bethsaida?

By: Samuel DeWitt Pfister

The ancient village of Bethsaida frequently mentioned in the Gospels is believed to be located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, but where precisely the abandoned city lies remains a fiercely-debated question among scholars.

The Jerusalem Citadel

Feb 5

What Were the Crusades and How Did They Impact Jerusalem?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Some of the most famous churches in Jerusalem were built during the Christian Crusades by Crusaders wishing to memorialize sites they believed to have great Christian significance.

Rulers of Kush

Jan 28

The Kingdom of Cush

By: Jennifer Drummond

The Kingdom of Cush, Egypt’s neighbor to the south, played an important role in biblical history despite being one of the lesser known kingdoms. According to 2 Kings 19:9, “Tirhakah, King of Cush” came to the aid of Hezekiah against Sennacherib, king of Assyria, when his forces laid siege to Jerusalem in 701 B.C.E. Without such aid, Judah would have likely gone the way of the Kingdom of Israel—spread to the four winds, never to return.

House of Peter in Capernaum

Jan 27

The House of Peter: The Home of Jesus in Capernaum?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Italian excavators working in Capernaum may have uncovered the remnants of the humble house of Peter that Jesus called home while in Capernaum.