People & Cultures in the Bible

People & Cultures in the Bible

Moses and the Burning Bush

Sep 16

Moses, the Multicultural Adoptee

By: Jonathan Laden

Moses may be the single most important human in the Hebrew Bible. His role as a powerful leader who took on the state–in this case […]

Sep 15

The Biblical Moses

By: BAS Staff

Moses’ story is told in the Book of Exodus, but it starts in Genesis with the story of Abraham and his family with whom God makes a covenant.

Sep 8

A Samson Mosaic from Huqoq

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Jodi Magness's excavations at Huqoq have exposed an elaborate Samson mosaic as well as new insights into the development of ancient synagogues.

Aug 5

Freedom Speaks Hurrian: A Cuneiform Song of Liberation

By: Marek Dospěl

Human history is sadly full of stories of people struggling for freedom and justice in opposition to other people’s desire for dominance and exploitation. And […]

Tell es-Safi excavation

Jul 30

Giant Goliath Slept Here

By: BAS Staff

As covered in recent articles by Ha’aretz and another by The Times of Israel, archaeologists have uncovered evidence of unusually large stone fortifications beneath the […]


Jul 15

Who Is the Wise Woman of Abel Beth Maacah?

By: BAS Staff

In 2 Samuel 20:14–22, this woman stands up to Joab, the commander of King David’s army, and adroitly negotiates the salvation of her town.

Rachel Kalisher at Ashkelon

Jul 10

Illuminating the Philistines’ Origins

By: Megan Sauter

A new DNA study reveals that the Philistines, the inhabitants of Ashkelon during Iron Age I, had predominantly European ancestry.

Jun 18

Josephus on the Essenes

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Josephus’s commentaries on the laws and characteristics of the Essene community have been invaluable to scholars studying ancient Jewish laws and customs.


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.

Jun 15

Titus Flavius Josephus and the Prophet Jeremiah

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

In the first century C.E., during the First Jewish Revolt, the Jewish historian Josephus urged his besieged countrymen in Jerusalem to surrender to the Romans. Half a millennium earlier, Jeremiah did the same thing with respect to the Babylonians.