Biblical Archaeology Sites

Biblical Archaeology Sites

Pella Odeion Church

Jul 25

Pella: A Window on Survival

By: Mark Wilson

Eusebius recounts that the Jewish followers of Jesus heeded his warning and fled to Pella for safety before Jerusalem’s destruction.

Jul 25

Excavating Ancient Pella, Jordan

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

According to fourth-century church historian Eusebius, on the eve of Jerusalem’s destruction by the Romans in 70 A.D., Jesus’ followers miraculously escaped the city and fled to Pella of the Decapolis in Jordan. Did this miraculous event occur? Is there evidence of first-century Christians at ancient Pella?

Jul 20

The Church of Laodicea in the Bible and Archaeology

By: Megan Sauter

Laodicea was a wealthy city in western Turkey that flourished for centuries. Why does the author of the Book of Revelation call the church of Laodicea “lukewarm”—neither hot nor cold? Recent excavations at the site might provide the answer.

herod-jerusalem-palace

Jul 11

Tour Showcases Remains of Herod’s Jerusalem Palace—Possible Site of the Trial of Jesus

By: Robin Ngo

Visitors to Jerusalem’s Old City can explore remains of King Herod’s palace, which may be where Roman governor Pontius Pilate tried and condemned Jesus of Nazareth to death.

Siloam Pool

Jul 4

The Siloam Pool: Where Jesus Healed the Blind Man

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The Siloam Pool has long been considered a sacred Christian site, even if the correct identification of the site itself was uncertain. According to the Gospel of John, it was at the Siloam Pool where Jesus healed the blind man (John 9:1–11).

The region of Ghor al-Safi in Jordan, with the Museum at the Lowest Place on Earth in the foreground and the southern portion of the Dead Sea in the distance. Photo by Glenn J. Corbett

Jul 3

The Land of Lot

By: Konstantinos Politis

Most travelers to Jordan have visited the famous Nabatean city of Petra or the dune-swept, otherworldly landscape of Wadi Rum, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. […]

aphrodisias

Jun 27

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.

Machaerus Rendering

Jun 18

Machaerus: Beyond the Beheading of John the Baptist

By: BAS Staff

According to the Gospels, Herod Antipas had John the Baptist imprisoned and killed at the request of the beautiful Salome. Josephus locates the event at Machaerus. The archaeological finds paint a clear picture of this magnificent site’s colorful but bloody history.

Cuneiform tablets from the site of Nuzi in northern Iraq. Zunkir, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Jun 17

The Nuzi Tablets

By: Philippe Bohström

Northern Iraq is a landscape steeped in both historical and economic significance. During the early 20th century, international oil consortiums dispatched businessmen, geologists, and engineers […]

Ain Dara temple

Jun 8

Searching for the Temple of King Solomon

By: BAS Staff

The black basalt ruins of the Iron Age temple discovered at ’Ain Dara in northern Syria offer the closest known parallel to the Temple of King Solomon in the Bible.