Dec 31 Blog
By: Sarah Yeomans
Living in the Greco-Roman world, early Christians were able to draw from a set of rich artistic paradigms when they set out to depict their stories and beliefs in decorative contexts. This often led to the assimilation of well-established pagan artistic styles and images into early Christian art. The sculptors, fresco painters and mosaic artists who created Christian images did so by using the prolific examples of art and decoration that shaped their artistic landscape.
Sep 25 Blog
Jul 14 Blog
By: Walter Zanger
What are zodiac mosaics doing in ancient synagogues in Israel?
Jul 5 Blog
By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff
“Yahweh and his Asherah” is written across the top of this eighth-century B.C. drawing on a ceramic pithos from Kuntillet ‘Ajrud in the eastern Sinai. Some scholars have theorized that these figures resembling the Egyptian god Bes are in fact a drawing of God and his consort.
May 13 Blog
By: Noah Wiener
Has archaeology uncovered portraits of two Israelite kings? One contender is on the famous Black Obelisk from Nimurd/Calah, but scholars differ about the identification. Another more recent candidate for an Israelite king’s portrait is an image from a wall at Kuntillet ‘Ajrud, a remote site in the Sinai desert.
Jan 23 Blog
By: Samuel DeWitt Pfister
Heavy winter rains led to the discovery of a pair of rare specimens in Israel.
Jun 10 Blog