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.

Borrowing from the Neighbors

Living in the Greco-Roman world, early Christians were able to draw from a set of rich artistic paradigms when they set out to depict their stories and beliefs in decorative contexts. This often led to the assimilation of well-established pagan artistic styles and images into early Christian art. The sculptors, fresco painters ...

  • February 10, 2020

Dozens of curse tablets found down a 2,500-year-old well in Athens

Thirty lead tablets engraved with curses have been discovered at the bottom of a 2,500 year old well in ancient Athens. Discovered in the area of Kerameikos, ancient Athens’ main burial ground, the small tablets invoked the gods of the underworld in order to cause harm to others. These curses were ...

  • February 10, 2020

Mysterious Egyptian artifact from the Bronze Age found off Israeli coast

A veterinarian has discovered a 3,400-year-old Egyptian anchor adorned with images of the goddess Seshat and other hieroglyphics while swimming off the shores of Atilt, Israel. The anchor, shaped like a trapezoid with round corners, has a large hole drilled near the top that can be tied off with a rope. The ...

  • February 10, 2020

Jesus Was a Refugee

Scholar Joan E. Taylor says that it’s worth remembering that Jesus’ earliest years were, according to the Gospel of Matthew, spent as a refugee in a foreign land. The unstoppable force of refugees fleeing to Europe has in various places hit the immovable object of an attitude that there is no ...

  • February 10, 2020

Mummies Found in Minya, Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered 20 well-preserved limestone sarcophagi 170 miles south of Cairo, in Minya, the ancient capital of Egypt. They contain mummified remains of high priests and others who were probably their assistants. Additionally, the burial site finds include 10,000 ushabti funerary statues, inscribed with the owners’ names, and more than 700 ...

  • February 10, 2020

Egyptian Obelisks around World

The Ancient Egyptian civilization was unique in erecting obelisks which prove the greatness and cleverness of the Egyptian architect since thousands of years. The obelisk is known in Arabic as “Messlah”which means a big needle used in sewing heavy clothes,sails or saddles. Paris obelisks of Ramses II Those obelisks comprise four ones. The most ...

  • January 30, 2020

Solving the Enigma of Petra and the Nabataeans

For every tourist who visits the ancient city of Petra in modern-day Jordan, there is one breathtaking moment that captures all of the grandeur and mystery of this city carved in stone. After passing the final bend of the tortuous narrow canyon that leads into the site (the Siq), one is confronted ...

  • January 30, 2020

Antiquities Ministry Completes Documenting Petroglyphs in South Sinai

The archeological mission affiliated to the Ministry of Antiquities (MA) has completed documenting colored petroglyphs found inside a cave situates 60 km south east to Serabit el-Khadim area in the western section of the Sinai Peninsula. That cave also situates 30 km north to St. Catherine. Dr. Mustafa Waziri,General-Secretary of the Higher ...

  • January 30, 2020

Fruit in the Bible

Seeds and fruit remains are exciting discoveries for archaeologists. Not only do they provide clues about ancient agriculture and diets, they can also provide radiocarbon data to help date buried strata. Fruit also plays an important role in the Biblical narrative. If Eve had not eaten the fruit in Genesis 3, the story of ...

  • January 30, 2020

What Did People Eat and Drink in Roman Palestine?

In a land flowing with milk and honey, what kinds of food made up the ancient Jewish diet? What did people eat and drink in Roman Palestine? Susan Weingarten guides readers through a menu of the first millennium C.E. in her article “Biblical Archaeology 101: The Ancient Diet of Roman Palestine,” published in the ...

  • January 30, 2020