There is so much news in the world of Biblical archaeology and the Holy Land, it is hard to keep up! That is why we offer the latest news from the lands of the Bible that will interest you the most.

Shiloh Discovery Matches Biblical Altar

The Horns of an Altar Linked to Ancient Sacrifices As early as the third chapter of Genesis, the idea and language of sacrifice is introduced in the Bible. Now, horns from an altar matching the sacrificial system of ancient Israel have been discovered at the site of ancient Shiloh. This adds ...

  • December 7, 2019

Roman Empire not destroyed by plague after all, say historians

Three times the plague gripped the Old World, killing untold millions and devastating social and economic networks. Or so the story goes. Yet precious little evidence of profound devastation has been found for the first of these bouts — the so-called Justinian Plague, which began in Egypt in about 541, ...

  • December 7, 2019

Royal Statues Discovered in Matariya

The Egyptian-German joint archaeological mission working in Heliopolis temple in Matariya district discovered on Sunday remains of royal statues and a stone featuring inscriptions of King Ramesses II in front of god Ra-Horakhty. The archaeological mission also found a large wall of mud bricks dating back to the New Kingdom in ...

  • December 7, 2019

Hawass to Reveal How Tutankhamun Died

Egyptian archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass met a high-level British delegation in front of the Sphinx. The delegation included intellectuals, writers, university professors and public figures. Hawass assured the delegation that the Sphinx belongs to King Khafre, the founder of the Second Pyramid. Hawass stressed that the claims that say that there is a missing ...

  • December 7, 2019

Bible Scholar Brent Landau Asks “Who Were the Magi?”

Who were the magi, those gift-bearing wise men from the east who are so central to the traditional telling of the Christmas story? Bible scholar Brent Landau believes he has found at least one answer to this age-old question. The Bible tells us very little about the magi. Their story appears ...

  • December 7, 2019

Egyptian Archaeological Mission Finds Coins, Shabti Dolls in Damietta

The Egyptian archaeological mission working in Tel el-Deir archeological site in Damietta unearthed seven gold coins dating back to the Byzantine Empire and a collection of Shabti dolls with inscriptions of King Psamtik II. Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector Ayman Ashmawy said all the coins were minted by word ...

  • December 7, 2019

Asherah and the Asherim: Goddess or Cult Symbol?

Who is Asherah? Or, perhaps, what is asherah? The Hebrew means “happy” or “upright” and some suggest “(sacred) place.” The term appears 40 times in the Hebrew Bible, usually in conjunction with the definite article “the.” The definite article in Hebrew is similar to English in that personal names do ...

  • December 7, 2019

Geographer Glen Fritz Talks About his New Mt Sinai Book

SUMMARY: PhD geographer Glen Fritz answers questions about his new book on Mount Sinai. The result of over 20 years of research, this stunning one-of-kind work makes the geographic and biblical case for the Exodus route leading to a mountain in modern Saudi Arabia. Fritz comments on his book, The Exodus Mysteries: ...

  • December 7, 2019

Decayed Papyrus Hints that More Dead Sea Scrolls Remain

The owner of the lid thought that it was contaminated by hardened bat dung. However, the residue was from papyrus. A jar probably fell, dislodging the lid; the papyrus Dead Sea Scrolls then decomposed over the intervening centuries before modern discovery. The Dead Sea Scrolls may be the most important biblical ...

  • December 7, 2019

The Magi’s Gifts – Tribute or Treatment?

Were the Three Wise Men trying to save Jesus from the pain of arthritis? It’s possible, according to a new study by scientists at Cardiff University in Wales. Since the early days of Christianity, Biblical scholars and theologians have offered varying interpretations of the meaning and significance of the gold, frankincense ...

  • December 1, 2019