Ancient Israel

By Michael James | Information about the history of the people who lived in ancient Canaan, Israel, Judah, Palestine and the Middle East.

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, …

Archaeology

King Solomon’s lost mines exposed

Jamie SeidelNews Corp Australia Network<p><b>ARE these the gates to King Solomon’s mines? Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered a fortified trading post</b> …

Archaeology

Modi’in: Where the Maccabees Lived

<i>This Bible History Daily feature was originally published in March 2014. It has been updated.—Ed.</i> <br>Where is Modi’in, hometown of the Maccabees? …

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> …

Jerusalem

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 …

Inscription Reveals Governor of Judea Before the Bar-Kokhba Revolt

Who was the Roman governor of Judea during the time leading up to the Bar-Kokhba revolt, the second Jewish revolt against Rome (132–136 C.E.)? This …

Ancient History

Tribe of Dan: Sons of Israel, or of Greek mercenaries hired by Egypt?

Samson the Greek? 3,000-year-old archaeological finds at Tel Dan suggest that the Danites were Aegean soldiers hired by Canaan's Egyptian overlords …

Archaeology

Archaeologists discover where Titus breached Jerusalem walls

Excavation at a new art campus reveals the site of Roman siege to the city’s third wall, which led to destruction of the Second Temple in 70AD<p>Israeli archaeologists have found evidence of where Titus’s Roman legions may have breached the outer walls of Jerusalem in 70AD on their way to conquering …

Archaeology

The Evolution of Biblical Hebrew

The Temple Scroll (11Q19) was likely discovered in 1956 in Cave 11. The manuscript is written in the square Herodian Hebrew script of the late Second …

Apologetics

Who Is the Queen of Sheba in the Bible?

Who is the Queen of Sheba in the Bible? Here is one artist’s depiction of the Queen of Sheba. It comes from the Medieval manuscript <i>Bellifortis</i> by …

Ancient History

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 …

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 …

Ancient History

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 …

2,000-year-old coin collection unearthed in Israel

A hidden hoard of silver coins buried more than 2,000 years ago was recently discovered tucked inside a rock crevice, during an excavation in …

Archaeologists find the last hideout of the Jewish Revolt in Jerusalem

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Girl, 12, finds ancient Egyptian amulet at Jerusalem dig

An ancient Egyptian amulet was uncovered in Jerusalem by a young girl taking part in a family dig in the capital.<p>The amulet has been dated to 3,200 …

Searching for Biblical Mt. Sinai

<i>This Bible History Daily feature was originally published in 2014. It has been updated.—Ed.</i> <br>Emmanuel Anati stands before Har Karkom, a ridge in the …

Apologetics

Jews, Greeks and Romans

Jews, Greeks and RomansBy Tim WhitmarshThere are to sides to every story but the survival of sources from antiquity means we do not always see both. …

History

The Bible may have been written earlier than thought, pottery reveals

Key parts of the Old Testament may have been compiled earlier than some scholars thought, suggests a new handwriting analysis of text on pottery shards.<p>The shards, found at a frontier fort dating to around 600 B.C., were written by at least six different people, suggesting that literacy was …

Ancient History
Jerusalem

Watch The 3D Animated Version Of The Fabled Solomon's Temple

An almost 3,000-year old grand yet lost temple or a just a figment of religious fable? Solomon’s Temple or the First Jewish Temple has raised debates …

Ancient History

First textiles from King David era discovered at Timna copper mines

Over 100 pieces of cloths dating to the 10th century BCE in Israel have been discovered at the Timna copper mines, deep in the desert. The textile …

Archaeology

The Edomite Stronghold of Sela

<i>This Bible History Daily article was originally published in 2012.—Ed.</i><p>Surrounded by deep ravines amid the rugged highlands of southern Jordan, the …

Ancient History

2,700-year-old farmhouse unearthed in Israel

After spending thousands of years buried in ancient hills, remnants of buildings dating back to the Byzantine era and earlier emerged from hiding, excavated outside Rosh Ha'ayin in central Israel, about 10 miles inland from Tel Aviv.<p>A recent announcement by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) …

Archaeology

At biblical site, researchers discover ABCs of how alphabet came to be

A potsherd slightly larger than a business card found in the ruins of a Late Bronze Age temple at the biblical site of Lachish in southern Israel has …

Understanding the Jewish Menorah

<i>This Bible History Daily feature was originally published in 2011. It has been updated.—Ed.</i> <br>Does this recently excavated ancient menorah graffito …

Ancient History

The Maccabean Revolt

After the death of Alexander the Great, his Kingdom was divided into four; Egypt, the Seleucid Empire, the Kingdom of Pergamon and Macedon (including …

Ancient History