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Jan 6

Christian Magic and Miracles

By: Marek Dospěl

In the first centuries of Christianity, Church authorities already disapproved of magic and amulets. Yet amulets, oracles, and magic among Christians survived well into the […]

Jan 4

3,000-Year-Old Hebrew Inscription Discovered

By: Jonathan Laden

A Hebrew inscription on a jar unearthed at Tel Abel Beth Macaah may resolve a long-running dispute about the extent of Israelite territory in the […]

Jar Lid Showing Papyrus Residue

Dec 30

Decayed Papyrus Hints that More Dead Sea Scrolls Remain

By: Jonathan Laden

The owner of the lid thought that it was contaminated by hardened bat dung. However, the residue was from papyrus. A jar probably fell, dislodging the lid; the papyrus Dead Sea Scrolls then decomposed over the intervening centuries before modern discovery.

Gethsemane Ritual Bath

Dec 29

Remains Found at Gethsemane

By: Jonathan Laden

Near the modern Gethsemane Church, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, excavations have revealed the remains of a Second Temple period mikveh (ritual […]

Seeing the Christmas Star

Dec 24

We Have Seen His Star in the East: What Was the Christmas Star?

By: James D. Tabor

Millions around the world viewed the “Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn in the southwest sky Monday evening as Jupiter “caught up with” and passed […]

"The Nativity" by Federico Barocci

Dec 23

Nativity—A Tale of Two Stories

By: John Drummond

In the month of December it isn’t hard to come across a Nativity scene. Be it in your neighbor’s yard or A Charlie Brown Christmas, […]

Judean date palm

Dec 22

New Fruit from Old Seeds

By: Megan Sauter

While excavating in the Judean wilderness, archaeologists found hundreds of seeds from palm trees that grew in the arid region some 2,000 years ago. Dr. […]

Legio volunteers excavate the sacellum

Dec 21

Uncovering a Roman Army Base at Legio 

By: Megan Sauter

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones famously says, “X never, ever marks the spot.” While that is true with most archaeological excavations, […]

Broken "piggy bank" Juglet with coins

Dec 20

Trove of Ancient Gold Coins Found in Yavneh Juglet

By: Jonathan Laden

A trove of 1,200-year-old gold coins was discovered in a broken juglet. It was evidently the personal piggy bank of a potter who worked the industrial kilns at Yavneh for commercial production of pots and bowls.

Tel Moza temple aerial view

Dec 16

A Rival to Solomon’s Temple

By: Marek Dospěl

A Tel Moza temple, within sight of Jerusalem, was a rival to the First Temple in Jerusalem. Solomon's Temple had previously been thought to be unrivaled in ancient Judah.