Biblical Sites & Places

Biblical Sites & Places

Jul 1

Huqoq 2019: Newly Discovered 1,600-Year-Old Mosaic of the Exodus

By: UNC-Chapel Hill, Office of University Communications

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Jodi Magness, together with a team of researchers and students, found at Huqoq the first ancient Jewish depiction of the Elim episode from the Book of Exodus

cana-of-galilee

Jun 17

Where Did Jesus Turn Water into Wine?

By: Robin Ngo

Where did Jesus turn water into wine? According to archaeologist Tom McCollough, one site offers the most compelling evidence that Cana of Galilee has been found.

et-tell

Jun 16

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.

mtzionsite

Jun 12

Jerusalem Discoveries from the Time of Jesus

By: BAS Staff

In a BAS Library exclusive collection of video lectures, Biblical scholar James D. Tabor reviews some of the most exciting and controversial archaeological discoveries from Jerusalem in recent years.

May 28

The Ancient Library of Alexandria

By: J. Harold Ellens

Ptolemy’s grandest project, begun in 306 B.C.E., was the Library of Alexandria, a research center that held one million books by the time of Jesus.

ephesus-theater

May 26

Biblical Riot at Ephesus: The Archaeological Context

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

How accurate is Luke’s account of the riot at Ephesus described in Acts 19:23–41? Excavations at the site bring this Biblical event to reality in a new way—from inscriptions and figurines of the goddess Artemis to the theater where the riot took place.

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.

May 17

What Was Life Like for Roman Slaves?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

In the southwest of Asia Minor, at the site of Aphrodisias, Turkey, archaeology has provided insight into the lives of Roman slaves, including a man named Zoilos who earned his freedom.

gamla-synagogue

Apr 20

Ancient Synagogues in Israel and the Diaspora

By: Megan Sauter

Were there synagogues before the Romans destroyed the Temple, or did they develop only afterward? Communal structures from the Second Temple period have been discovered, but should they be considered synagogues even though they don’t share the major architectural feature common to post-destruction synagogues?

Apr 11

Wilderness Wanderings: Where is Kadesh?

By: Robin Ngo

According to the Bible, the Israelites stayed at a place called Kadesh-Barnea following their Exodus from Egypt and wanderings through the desert. Where is Kadesh-Barnea?