Current Digital Issue November/December 2018 Vol. 44 No. 6

About this issue: This holiday season, journey with us to save the language of Jesus, visit the church where the Council of Nicea may have been held, learn about the lives of ancient children, and explore the palaces of the Hasmonean kings—of Hanukkah fame! All this and more appears in the November/December 2018 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. Read more…

Saving the Aramaic of Jesus and the Jews

Yona Sabar

Once spoken across most of the ancient Near East, Aramaic was most likely the mother tongue of Jesus. A considerable volume of Jewish literature is written in Aramaic, including parts of the Bible, Talmud, and Dead Sea Scrolls. Yona Sabar, a scholar and one of the last living native speakers of Aramaic, gives an account of the language and one of its peoples, the bygone Jews of Iraqi Kurdistan. Read more…

Nicea’s Underwater Basilica

Mustafa Şahin and Mark R. Fairchild

Off the shores of Nicea, archaeologists have uncovered a basilica, which stands over what appears to be an earlier church. Could this church be where the famous Council of Nicea first met in 325 C.E.? Read more…

Children in the Ancient Near East

Kristine Henriksen Garroway

What was it like to be a child in the ancient Near East? What role did they play in the household? How were they treated? Through texts and archaeological remains, we can reconstruct a picture of ancient children’s lives. Read more…

The Hasmonean Kings: Jewish or Hellenistic?

Eyal Regev

The Jewish dynasty of Hasmoneans ruled Judea for more than a century in the Late Hellenistic period. Their palaces, excavated in Jericho, reveal a great deal about how they lived. But what do the palace architecture and pottery tell us about the delicate balance the Hasmonean rulers tried to strike when projecting the power, wealth, and authority—both secular and religious—of their independent Jewish state to their Jewish subjects and foreign dignitaries? Read more…


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