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World’s Oldest Blueprints Discovered for Desert Mega-Structures - Biblical Archaeology Society
Archaeologists in Jordan and Saudi Arabia have discovered the world’s oldest known blueprints. Dating to 8,000 years ago, the blueprints are precise scale carvings of nearby desert kites, mega-structures thousands of feet long that were used for hunting wild animals.
What Did Jesus Really Look Like? - Biblical Archaeology Society
What did Jesus look like?
Does the Merneptah Stele Contain the First Mention of Israel? - Biblical Archaeology Society
Does this fragmentary hieroglyphic inscription contain the first mention of Israel?
Did Biblical Kings Have Dysentery? - Biblical Archaeology Society
It is not shocking to learn that ancient hygiene did not live up to modern standards. But new archaeological evidence from Jerusalem suggests that personal and communal hygiene may have been much worse than previously suspected.
Aaron in the Bible - Biblical Archaeology Society
I have a problem with Aaron, number two in the great and glorious epic that recounts the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. He is a man of peace.
How December 25 Became Christmas - Biblical Archaeology Society
Theological scholar Andrew McGowan examines how December 25 came to be associated with the birthday of Jesus and became Christmas, a holiday celebrated by Christians around the world.
Where Noah Landed? - Biblical Archaeology Society
Still another group is looking for Mt. Ararat, where the Bible says Noah landed after the flood.
Labib Sorial—A Forgotten Figure in Biblical Archaeology - Biblical Archaeology Society
When one thinks of the seminal figures in the archaeology of Mandate-era Palestine (c. 1918–1948), William F. Albright, Clarence S. Fisher, P.L.O. Guy, and James L. Starkey come readily to mind.
Errors in the Masoretes’ “Original” Hebrew Manuscripts of the Bible? - Biblical Archaeology Society
The Hebrew Bible today differs from the Bible manuscripts of the first millennium B.C.E. How do we identify alterations?
Who Was the Wife of Cain? - Biblical Archaeology Society
Who did Cain marry? Where did she come from?
Roman Shipwreck Found Off Israel’s Coast - Biblical Archaeology Society
About 700 feet off the Israeli coast sits the remains of a Roman shipwreck and 44 tons of buried treasure. Although not golden loot, the pristine marble columns and capitals, lost at sea 1,800 years ago, are certainly a prize find.
What Does the Bible Say About Dogs? - Biblical Archaeology Society
A survey of dogs’ portrayals in ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean cultures shows that far from being perceived as “unclean,” dogs served as companions, guard dogs, sheep dogs, hunters, and—surprisingly—physicians.
Martha: A Remarkable Disciple - Biblical Archaeology Society
The New Testament mentions Martha, a disciple of Jesus, three times (Luke 10:38–42; John 11:1–44; 12:2). Her actions, statements, and profession of faith reveal a remarkable woman who grows into her role as one of Jesus’s most devoted followers.
Paul and Sacred Prostitution in Corinth - Biblical Archaeology Society
“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute?
Abraham and Lot in the Bible - Biblical Archaeology Society
Ancient interpreters frequently painted Lot as greedy and unscrupulous—a foil to Abraham’s righteousness.
Where Was Jesus Born? - Biblical Archaeology Society
If Jesus was born in Bethlehem, why is he called a Nazorean and a Galilean throughout the New Testament?
Egyptian Excavation Reveals Byzantine Monastery - Biblical Archaeology Society
Excavations in the governorate of Assiut in central Egypt have revealed the remains of a Byzantine monastery built over much earlier tombs from the first millennium BCE.
Eunuchs in the Bible - Biblical Archaeology Society
Stephen J. Patterson discusses what Jesus meant when he referred to “eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:11–12).
The Rosetta Stone: Key to Egyptian Hieroglyphs - Biblical Archaeology Society
Just over two hundred years ago, on September 14, 1822, Jean-François Champollion (1790–1832) cracked the code of the Egyptian hieroglyphic script and the language behind it.
Does the Mesha Stele Really Reference the Dynasty of King David of the Bible? - Biblical Archaeology Society
The Mesha Stele and “House of David” take center stage yet again.