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The Aleppo Codex Online

<i>This Bible History Daily feature was originally published in 2013.—Ed.</i><p>Study the Aleppo Codex online. The Aleppo Codex has joined the ranks of other …

Archaeology

Jesus Was a Refugee

<i>“Jesus Was a Refugee” was originally published on</i> The Jesus Blog<i>. It is republished here with permission.—Ed.</i> <br>The unstoppable force of refugees …

Theology

Joseph and Esarhaddon of Assyria

Brother rivalry in the story of Joseph: Flemish artist Balthasar Beschey depicts the moment when brother rivalry turns vicious in the story of Joseph …

Ancient Apiary on Display

“And I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk …

Archaeology

Ancient Jerusalem: The Village, the Town, the City

It’s made such an enormous impact on Western civilization that it’s hard to fathom how small its population really was—small compared even to the …

The Athenian Acropolis

<i>Harrison Eiteljorg, II’s article “Antiquity’s High Holy Place: The Athenian Acropolis” was originally published in the November/December 2004 issue …

Cain and Abel in the Bible

<i>Read Elie Wiesel’s essay on Cain and Abel in the Bible as it originally appeared in</i> Bible Review<i>, February 1998.—Ed.</i> <br>Mankind’s first murderer, a …

Divers Discover Sunken Cargo at Herod’s Port City

This was not your average day of diving. Divers Ran Feinstein and Ofer Ra‘anan were checking out the underwater ruins of the ancient port city of …

Archaeology

D.C.-Area Archaeology Event: Six Degrees of Pericles

On <b>Sunday, May 22, 2016,</b> Dr. Diane Cline, Associate Professor of History and Classics at the George Washington University, will deliver the lecture</b> …

Washington D.C.

Hoard of Gold Coins Found in Caesarea Harbor

A hoard of gold coins—the largest discovered to date in Israel—was found by divers in the Caesarea harbor. <i>Photo: Courtesy Israel Antiquities</i> …

Archaeology

Herod Antipas in the Bible and Beyond

<i>This Bible History Daily feature was originally published in 2012.—Ed.</i> <br>Although he ruled as tetrarch over Galilee in Jesus’ time, we hear relatively …

Archaeology

Clay tablets reveal Babylonians discovered astronomical geometry 1,400 years before Europeans

By Joel Achenbach<p>, Reporter<p>The medieval mathematicians of Oxford, toiling in torchlight in a land ravaged by plague, managed to invent a simple form of calculus that could be used to track the motion of heavenly bodies. But now a scholar studying ancient clay tablets suggests that the Babylonians …

British Museum

Cuneiform: 6 things you (probably) didn’t know about the world’s oldest writing system

Distinguished by its wedge-shaped marks on clay tablets, cuneiform script is the oldest form of writing in the world, first appearing even earlier …

Ancient Lullabies in Mesopotamia

In the Babylonian flood story <i>Epic of Atrahasis</i>, infant mortality—a sad but common problem in antiquity—was the gods’ solution to overpopulation. To …

Ancient History

The World's Oldest Writing

<b>In early 2016</b>, hundreds of media outlets around the world reported that a set of recently deciphered ancient clay tablets revealed that Babylonian …

D.C.-Area Archaeology Event: A Hittite in King David’s Court?

Statue of Hittite King Mutallu at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara, Turkey. <i>Photo: John Nordquist via Flickr.</i>On <b>Wednesday, May 4, 2016,</b> …

A timely reminder of the Exodus: Ancient Egyptian scarab seal found near Haifa

“The owner of this scarab filled a similar position to that held by Joseph in Egypt after he interpreted Pharaoh's dreams,” says co-head of the Tel …

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha are the non-canonical writings of Judaism and Christianity ranging from the 5th century BCE to the 9th century CE. …

The Phoenicians - Master Mariners

Driven by their desire for trade and the acquisition of such commodities as silver from Spain, gold from Africa, and tin from the Scilly Isles, the …

Phoenician Government

The governments of such Phoenician cities as Tyre, Sidon, and Byblos were led by hereditary monarchs throughout their history. Those individual …

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Ancient Israel (Review) - Ancient History Encyclopedia

Review<p>by William Brown<br>published on 24 January 2016<p><b>Rating:</b><p>The <i>Wiley Blackwell</i> <i>Companion to Ancient Israel</i> is one of Wiley Blackwell’s several companion …

Gods, Kings, and Merchants in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia (Review)

Review<p>by William Brown<br>published on 11 March 2016<p><b>Rating:</b><p>In <i>Gods, Kings, and Merchants in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia</i>, Dominique Charpin (Professor at …

A Very Short Introduction (Review)

Review<p>by William Brown<br>published on 27 April 2016<p><b>Rating:</b><p>Ancient Assyria: A Very Short Introduction provides an incredibly succinct and valuable …

Remembering Trude Dothan

Trude Dothan (1922–2016)Professor Trude Dothan, among the pantheon of Israeli archaeologists whose intensive research in Philistine and Mediterranean …

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. …

Archaeology

The Exodus: Fact or Fiction?

Dated to c. 1219 B.C.E., the Merneptah Stele is the earliest extrabiblical record of a people group called Israel. Set up by Pharaoh Merneptah to …

Out of Egypt: Israel’s Exodus Between Text and Memory, History and Imagination

“The closest parallel to the Book of Exodus in the ancient West is Homer’s <i>Odyssey</i>. Both are stories of migration—of identity suspended until the …

University of California

What Lies Beneath—New Insights into Petra’s Temple of the Winged Lions

Rarely when archaeologists excavate do they set out to find nothing. But this was exactly the goal of the TWLCRM Initiative when the team recently …

Archaeology

Amulet with Cartouche of Thutmose III Discovered in Jerusalem

Neshama Spielman discovered an amulet bearing the cartouche of Thutmose III when she participated in the Temple Mount Sifting Project in Jerusalem, …

Archaeology