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Category: Archaeology

  • The Last Days of Jesus: A Final “Messianic” Meal

    By: James Tabor This article was originally published on Dr. James Tabor’s popular Taborblog, a site that discusses and reports on “‘All things biblical’ from the Hebrew Bible to Early Christianity in the Roman World and Beyond.” Bible History Daily republished … Continue reading

  • Ai and Old Testament Chronology: Who Cares?

    On February 8, 2014, a symposium was held at Houston Baptist University in conjunction with the new archaeological exhibit, ” Khirbet el-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site.” In this video, Dr. Eugene Merrill presents, “Ai and Old Testament Chronology: Who … Continue reading

  • The Tomb of Queen Helena of Adiabene

    By: Megan Sauter Queen Helena of Adiabene lived in the first century C.E. in the semi-autonomous kingdom of Adiabene in the upper Tigris region of Assyria. She famously converted to Judaism and spent many years in Jerusalem—where her generosity and piety … Continue reading

  • Reinterpreting the Tempest Stela

    By: Robin Ngo AHMOSE I. A new translation of the Tempest Stela from the reign of Pharaoh Ahmose I could revise the dates of major events in the Middle Bronze Age. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A newly translated inscription … Continue reading

  • Ritual Purity at Khirbet el-Maqatir’s First Century Village and The First Jewish Revolt against Rome

    On February 8, 2014, a symposium was held at Houston Baptist University in conjunction with the new archaeological exhibit, ” Khirbet el-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site.” Dr. Scott Stripling presents: “Ritual Purity at Khirbet el-Maqatir’s First Century Village and … Continue reading

  • Canaanite Fortress Discovered in the City of David

    By: Robin Ngo A massive 3,800-year-old fortress that protected the Gihon Spring was uncovered in the City of David.Photo: Eli Mandelbaum, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority. Excavations around the Gihon Spring in the City of David have uncovered a massive 3,800-year-old … Continue reading

  • Byzantine Monastery with Vibrant Mosaics Discovered in the Northern Negev

    By: Robin Ngo In a recent press release, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced the discovery of a Byzantine-period monastery with colorful, well-preserved mosaics near the Bedouin village of Hura in the northern Negev desert. IAA archaeologists uncovered the monastery, measuring … Continue reading

  • Stellar Dust Disks Crumble

    By David Coppedge Observations show stellar dust disks fragmenting into smaller dust, not growing into planets. Celestial archaeology:  A triumphant sounding article on PhysOrg announces, “Scientists solve riddle of celestial archaeology.”  Further down in the text, the reader finds out that the … Continue reading

  • Going Paleo

    Archaeologists excavating at the Nesher quarry in Israel have discovered a prehistoric site containing an extraordinarily large number of animal bones. The site, located near the city of Ramla, 14 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, is believed to have been settled … Continue reading

  • Why Do We Have a Bible?

    By: Jacob L. Wright  A new phenomenon is changing the face of education, making first-rate courses from the world’s best universities available to all, wherever they live. The phenomenon is often subsumed under the umbrella term “Massive Open Online Course” … Continue reading

  • Casting New Light on Petra

    By: Robin Ngo    Originating as a nomadic tribe in northern Arabia, the Nabataeans settled into semi-permanence in the area of Petra in the late fourth century B.C. As described in the Bible History Daily feature “Solving the Enigma of Petra and the Nabataeans,” the … Continue reading

  • Zircon: Earth’s Oldest Crystal?

    by Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D., & Brian Thomas, M.S. * Most people are familiar with man-made, diamond-like cubic zirconia (zirconium dioxide), but zirconium silicate, a less well-known form of zirconium, also exists in crystalline form. Called zircon for short, this mineral is found … Continue reading

  • The Search for Noah’s Flood

    By: Ronald S. Hendel    This article was originally published in the June 2003 issue of Bible Review. Every BR article ever published is available in the BAS Library. On my wall is a newspaper headline proclaiming, “Noah’s Ark Found in Pennsylvania! Scientist: Old … Continue reading

  • New Archaeology Library Planned in Jerusalem

    By: Noah Wiener  The new IAA campus will include the largest archaeological library in the middle east. Image: Safdie Architects, via the IAA. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced the planned construction of the Mandel National Archaeological Archives and the Mandel … Continue reading

  • Qumran Phylacteries Reveal Nine New Dead Sea Scrolls

    By: Noah Wiener The thousands of fragments of Biblical text that comprise the Dead Sea Scrolls have shed light on the origins of early Christian thought, the development of the Hebrew Bible and the history of Judaic beliefs from the third century … Continue reading

  • Tombs of Graeco-Roman Egypt and the Coptic Church: Two D.C.-Area Lectures

    The Washington, D.C.-area Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) and Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia (BASONOVA) will be hosting the lectures “Visualizing the Afterlife: Monumental Tombs of Graeco-Roman Egypt” (March 12) and “A History of the Coptic Church” (March 16) next week. Not in the … Continue reading

  • Severed Hands: Trophies of War in New Kingdom Egypt

    Excavations conducted in a Hyksos palace at Tell el-Daba (ancient Avaris) in Egypt have for the first time provided archaeological evidence for a gruesome practice previously known only from texts and temple reliefs.1 Archaeological investigations led by Manfred Bietak and Irene Forstner-Müller in the northern … Continue reading

  • Oded’s Other Ossuary

    By: Hershel Shanks I recently had dinner in Jerusalem with my old friend André Lemaire. André, who teaches at the Sorbonne, is one of the world’s preeminent authorities on ancient Semitic languages and their paleography. It was at a dinner … Continue reading

  • Chile Whale Fossil Site Explained

    By: David Coppedge At least 40 baleen whales and other species of marine mammals fossilized in a dry desert of Chile have been explained with a “toxic bloom” theory.  Does it explain all the findings? The discovery was a sensation … Continue reading

  • The Destruction of Pompeii—God’s Revenge?

    By: Hershel Shanks Nine years, almost to the day, after Roman legionaries destroyed God’s house in Jerusalem, God destroyed the luxurious watering holes of the Roman elite. Was this God’s revenge? That’s not exactly the question I want to raise, … Continue reading