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. […]


May 1

Text Treasures: The Pilgrimage of Egeria

By: BAS Staff

Egeria’s Travels is an early Christian pilgrimage account by an educated and well-traveled woman from the Roman province of Galicia (in modern Spain) that tells […]

Stacks of building materials found in the atrium of the Pompeii town house, including stone blocks, tuff, orderly rows of roof tiles. Image courtesy of Italian Ministry of Culture

Apr 8

Roman Construction Site Uncovered at Pompeii

By: BAS Staff

Researchers recently uncovered the remains of a construction site at Pompeii that remained undisturbed and preserved for nearly 2,000 years. This exciting discovery opens new […]

Kuttamuwa Stele (eighth century BCE), a funerary stela with Aramaic inscription from Samʾal (modern Zincirli) in southern Turkey. CC by-SA 4.0 International, via Wikimedia Commons.

Apr 5

What Is Aramaic?

By: Clinton J. Moyer

The Aramaic language constitutes the eastern branch of the Northwest Semitic language family. Its closest relatives are the Canaanite dialects in the western branch of […]

Apr 3

Digitizing Ancient Seals

By: Elizabeth Knott

Seals are some of the most compelling and ubiquitous objects we have from the ancient Near East. Small enough to grasp in the palm of […]

The oldest complete Book of Psalms in Coptic after restoration. Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Mar 29

The “Pillow Psalter” Returns

By: Marek Dospěl

One of the most treasured artifacts in the collections of the Coptic Museum in Cairo, the so-called Pillow Psalter, is back on display. Dating to […]

The sunken courtyard outside the entrance to the cave of Salome. Courtesy Emil Aladjem, Israel Antiquities Authority

Mar 27

Saint Salome’s Resting Place?

By: BAS Staff

At the site of Horvat Qasra in the Judean foothills, between the fifth and the eighth centuries, Byzantine Christians frequented a small tomb chapel cut […]

Flat plastered stone installation and limestone pillar in the Azekah sun temple’s inner sanctuary

Mar 13

Bathed in Morning Light

By: BAS Staff

Nestled in the heart of the Shephelah with a commanding view over the Elah Valley, the Late Bronze Age (c. 1550–1200 BCE) Canaanite city of […]

Paul and Pri

Feb 20

Priscilla in the New Testament

By: Jonathan Laden

The name of Priscilla in the New Testament does not come up often in Bible study. Yet, as Ben Witherington III explains in “Priscilla—An Extraordinary […]

Woman, Unnamed

Feb 11

The Three Most Important Women in Mark’s Gospel—All Unnamed

By: James Tabor

Clearly in Mark the 12 male disciples are complete failures and are never presented as heroes, even at the end. However, what we do find in Mark, in stark contrast to this chosen group, are three unnamed women who become Mark’s heroines and carry the core message of the entire book for those readers with eyes to see and ears to hear.