People in the Bible

People in the Bible

Nov 30

Where Was Mary Magdalene From?

By: Marek Dospěl 

Where was Mary Magdalene from? According to early Christian tradition, the famous disciple of Jesus was from a town called Magdala, hence her name, Mary […]

Nov 9

Bringing a Slingshot to a Swordfight

By: Marek Dospěl 

“David put his hand in his bag, took out a stone, slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his […]

Deborah in stained glass by Chagall

Nov 8

Deborah in the Bible

By: Robin Gallaher Branch

Deborah, the only female judge in the Bible, excelled in multiple areas. She served ancient Israel as a prophet, judge, military leader, songwriter, and minstrel.

Mordechai Beck's Moses

Oct 23

Who Was Moses? Was He More than an Exodus Hero?

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Who was Moses? Was he more than an Exodus hero? Discover the Biblical Moses with Peter Machinist in his article “The Man Moses.”

Oct 18

Minor Prophets in the Bible: Amos

By: John Ahn

Learn how to read the Book of Amos in context and how the prophet Amos’s message is relevant today.

Dante’s Vision of Rachel and Leah

Oct 5

Rachel and Leah in the Bible

By: Megan Sauter

Who are Rachel and Leah in the Bible? Sisters, rivals, mothers, matriarchs—these two women had a complicated relationship.  In the Fall 2022 issue of Biblical Archaeology […]


Oct 4

Joshua in the Bible

By: Elie Wiesel

Joshua inherits authority from Moses but not his charisma. God performed miracles for Joshua, even causing the sun to stand still, but Joshua’s speech lacks the prophet's magic. Joshua’s story is melancholy: violent victory tinged by deep sadness. As award-winning author and activist Elie Wiesel examines.

Oct 2

Herod the Great and the Herodian Family Tree

By: Lawrence Mykytiuk

See a visualization of the Herodian family tree and key events in the New Testament related to members of the Herodian family.


Oct 1

How Bad Was Jezebel?

By: Janet Howe Gaines

For more than two thousand years, Jezebel has been saddled with a reputation as the bad girl of the Bible, the wickedest of women. But just how depraved was she?

Robin Gallaher Branch

Sep 28

Widows in the Bible

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

In a Biblical Views column, Robin Gallaher Branch presents several examples of how, in the Bible, widows can serve as special textual markers to alert readers that something significant is about to happen.