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 28 Blog
“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.
Oct 11 Blog
By: Dorothy Willette
With the holiday season (and all of the associated feasting) upon us, we took a cue from the candy, cookies and turkeys and stuffed the November/December 2012 issue of BAR full of great articles and fascinating columns. Learn about texts: from references to Yahweh at Kuntillet ‘Ajrud to a single scribal hand at Masada and Qumran. Get to the heart of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament with discussions on David's Tomb and the birth of Christian identity.