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.

What Did Jesus Look Like?

Everyone knows what Jesus looks like: he is the most painted figure in all of western art, recognized everywhere as having long hair and a beard, a long robe with sleeves (often white) and a mantle (often blue). But what did he really look like, as a man living in Judaea in the ...

  • December 30, 2019

Egyptian-Deutsch Archeological Mission Discovers Horus Statue in Luxor

The Egyptian-Deutsch archeological mission, led by Dr. Houreg Suruzyan, an Armenian-German archeologist, unearthed a giant statute of Hours, one of the holy trinity in Ancient Egypt. The mission was digging in remnants of the Hall of Columns in Ramesseum, a royal temple in the west bank of the Nile River next ...

  • December 30, 2019

Has the Childhood Home of Jesus Been Found?

The childhood home of Jesus may have been found underneath the Sisters of Nazareth Convent in Nazareth, Israel, according to archaeologist Ken Dark. The excavation site located beneath the convent has been known since 1880, but it was never professionally excavated until the Nazareth Archaeological Project began its work in 2006. In “Has Jesus’ ...

  • December 30, 2019

When did Jews start lighting candles on Hanukkah?

Hanukkah’s main ritual is the lighting of a menorah, a candelabra with nine candleholders, lit during the eight nights of the holiday. On the first night, two candles are lit: the shamash, “servant,” which is used to light the other candle. On the second night, three candles are lit: the ...

  • December 30, 2019

A Rival to Solomon’s Temple

In 2012, archaeologists made a stunning discovery: a temple within sight of Jerusalem in the period following the reign of King Solomon. Established around 900 B.C.E., and functional until the early sixth century B.C.E., this Judahite temple at Tel Moẓa defies everything we would have expected. THE NEWLY BUILT HIGHWAY 1 runs through ...

  • December 30, 2019

Archaeologists discover Phoenician family tomb in ancient city of Achziv

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an entire Phoenician family buried together in a tomb in Achziv, an ancient population center on the Mediterranean coast near the northern city Nahariya. In 2017, a joint team from Jerusalem’s Hebrew Union College and France’s Lyon University uncovered the bodies of a man, woman ...

  • December 30, 2019

The Nag Hammadi Codices and Gnostic Christianity

Until the discovery of the Nag Hammadi codices in 1945, the Gnostic view of early Christianity had largely been forgotten. The teachings of Gnostic Christianity—vilified especially since they were declared heretic by orthodox Christianity in the fourth century—had been virtually erased from history by the early church fathers, their gospels ...

  • December 30, 2019

Medicine in the Ancient World

Life in the ancient world was risky business. The perils of war, disease, famine and childbirth are a just a few examples of circumstances that contributed to a much lower average lifespan in the ancient world than we have in the modern era. People in antiquity were no less concerned ...

  • December 30, 2019

When Did Christianity Begin to Spread?

How old is Christianity? When did it stop being a Jewish sect and become its own religion? As reported in “Crossing the Holy Land” in the September/October 2011 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, new archaeological discoveries of churches are crucial to helping answer those questions. But when did Christians begin ...

  • December 30, 2019

Haaretz: Tomb with three generations of ‘Amazon’ warrior women found in Russia

Female Scythian warriors have been found before, but this is the first time multiple generations were found buried together – with a golden headdress and other grave goods that thieves missed This post appeared first at https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-tomb-with-three-generations-of-amazon-warrior-women-found-in-russia-1.8327358

  • December 30, 2019