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How Much Influence Does the Religious Right Have on Trump's White House?

For someone who is demonstrably non-devout, President Donald Trump has paid significant lip service to the religious right. He got conservative kudos …

Donald Trump

Could this be the birthplace of Simon Peter? Biblical city of Julias, home of Jesus' apostles discovered

Archaeologists believe that the fishing city excavated along the banks of the Sea of Galilee was also the birth place of apostles Andrew and …

2,000-year-old stone workshop discovered near where Jesus turned water into wine

There are few worse prospects for the hostess of a Jewish wedding than running out of drinks. Empathizing with such a predicament as a guest at a …

Researcher gives seal of approval to 53 biblical characters’ existence

Thanks to a researcher’s unique system, 53 individuals in the Hebrew Bible have been proven as genuine historical characters through material …

The lost city of Jesus' apostles has just been found, archaeologists say

Archaeologists think they may have found the lost Roman city of Julias, the home of three apostles of Jesus: Peter, Andrew and Philip (John 1:44; …

Archaeology

Was there a Jewish temple in Jerusalem? Were the pyramids built in Egypt?

Tisha B’Av – Judaism’s holy day of mourning for the ancient destruction of the First and Second Jewish Temples in Jerusalem – was last Tuesday, and had special relevance for today’s conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.<p>Both Jewish temples – located on what is now known as the Temple Mount – …

Biblical account of Gezer’s destruction gains ground with torched skeleton finds

In its final season of excavations, the Gezer Excavation Project has arguably found one of its most impressive discoveries to date — material proof …

Sorry, Old Testament: Most Theologians Don't Use You

Should systematic theologies equally rely on Bible verses from the Old and New Testament? Experts weigh in.

World's Top New Testament Scholar - Christians Need To Read The Gospels Through Ancient Jewish Eyes

I’ve written here about New Testament scholar N.T. Wright and his most recent book, <i>The Day the Revolution Began</i>. The book was published recently and is now being made available in an online course format. The book (and the course) will bring insights to even the most seasoned student of the …

Searching for Biblical Mt. Sinai

Emmanuel Anati stands before Har Karkom, a ridge in the Negev that he believes inspired the Biblical Mt. Sinai. <i>Photo: Hershel Shanks.</i>Where is Mt. …

Who Were the Philistines?

The Philistines were a group of people who arrived in the Levant (an area that includes modern-day Israel, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria) during the 12th …

The Interrupted Search for King David’s Palace

Eilat MazarIn 2007, prominent Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar was excavating a monumental public building in Jerusalem’s City of David—a structure …

Rare Pottery Workshop Discovered in Galilee

An ancient potters' workshop dating back to Roman times has been discovered in Galilee, in northern Israel.<p>The Israel Antiquities Authority announced …

Herod the Great

Herod I, or Herod the Great (c. 75 – 4 BCE), was the king of Judea who ruled as a client of Rome. He has gained lasting infamy as the 'slaughterer of …

Ancient History

How King Herod Transformed the Holy Land

In the New Testament King Herod I is a villain, but the Herod of history was more complex, a consummate politician, ambitious builder, and master organizer who was able to balance the needs of the Judaean populace and the rulers of Rome.<p>This story appears in the November/December 2016 issue of</i> …

King Solomon’s lost mines exposed

Researchers from Tel Aviv University have uncovered what they call an ‘advanced’ military fortification in the Timna Valley, in Israel’s south.<p>It’s a …

New Dead Sea Scrolls cave discovered

<b>Archaeologists have found a cave that once housed Dead Sea scrolls in a cliff in the Judean desert - the first such discovery in over 60 years.</b><p>Israel's Hebrew University said the ancient parchments were missing from the cave, and were probably looted by Bedouin people in the 1950s.<p>Storage jars, …