Biblical Sites & Places

Biblical Sites & Places

Tall el-Hammam

May 25

Where Is Sodom?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The stories of Sodom and its destruction, whether historical or not, were clearly understood to have occurred near the Dead Sea, among the so-called “cities of the plain” mentioned in Genesis 13, verse 12. But where exactly was this plain, and was a particular site associated with Sodom?

May 16

Where Noah Landed?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Still another group is looking for Mt. Ararat, where the Bible says Noah landed after the flood. This group is looking to confirm the tradition that nearby Mt. Cudi (Judi Dagh) is really Mt. Ararat, as recorded in the Quran, Sura 11.44.

king-davids-palace-01

May 11

Did I Find King David’s Palace?

By: Eilat Mazar

Digging just south of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, Eilat Mazar uncovered a monumental building from the tenth century B.C.—the right time and the right place for David’s royal residence.

church-of-the-redeemer

May 7

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.

Artistic rendition of Jerusalem in the tenth century BCE. Illustration by Leonardo Gurvitz, City of David Archives

May 6

How Large Was King David’s Jerusalem?

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A new and comprehensive radiocarbon study of First Temple Jerusalem—conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority, Tel Aviv University, and the Weizmann Institute of Science—has produced […]

Perga Inscription

May 2

Who Were the Galatians in the Bible?

By: Megan Sauter

Galatia refers to a region in north central Turkey; Ankara, the capital of modern Turkey, was once a major Galatian city (Ancyra). The name of Galatia is derived from the 20,000 Gauls who settled in the region in 278 B.C.E. More than two centuries later, in 25 B.C.E., the area became a Roman province and was extended to the south. In Paul’s day, the new province included the regions of Pisidia, Phrygia, and Lycaonia. Scholars often refer to these new, southern regions as “south Galatia” and to geographic Galatia as “north Galatia.”

Qumran, Aerial View

Apr 27

Who Were the Essenes?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

A recent study has sought to determine by sophisticated methods whether Khirbet Qumran was home to a community of sectarian Jews, the Essenes.

Apr 25

Ancient Jerusalem: The Village, the Town, the City

By: Hershel Shanks

Archaeologist Hillel Geva says that population estimates for ancient Jerusalem are too high. His new estimates begin with people living on no more than a dozen acres.

Apr 11

The Ancient Altar from Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

During building renovations in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, archaeologists came across a stunning discovery, a large section from the church’s original ancient altar. […]

Iron Age Jerusalem’s administrative district just south of the ancient Temple Mount. Yaeir Z, Courtesy of the City of David Archive

Apr 10

Biblical “Chamber” Identified in Jerusalem?

By: Marek Dospěl

The magnificent structure recently excavated in the City of David was unique in Jerusalem’s ancient landscape during the closing centuries of the Iron Age. Destroyed […]