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.

Unique Bust of Ramses II Unearthed in Giza

An Egyptian archaeological mission, affiliated to the Antiquities Ministry, discovered on Wednesday a red granite royal bust of King Ramses II during excavations on privately owned land in Mit Rahina village in Giza. Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said an archaeological rescue mission found an upper part ...

  • December 12, 2019

Egypt opens Old Kingdom tombs Idu, Qar for visitation

Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry on Monday opened the Idu and Qar tombs in the Eastern Cemetery at Giza following the completion of restoration work, allowing visitors to tour the tombs. These openings come as part of the ministry’s policy to open up archaeological tombs in the region for visitation, opening some once ...

  • December 11, 2019

Biblical Hebrew Phases: A Case Study

The contrast between Classical and Late Biblical Hebrew is best illustrated by juxtaposing two extracts of biblical prose narrative, one from each corpus. Classical Biblical Hebrew: 10 Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to reside there as an alien, for the famine was severe in ...

  • December 11, 2019

Egypt to impose tougher penalties for smuggling antiquities, climbing monuments

Egypt's parliament is set to change the law to implement harsher jail sentences and stiffer fines for smuggling ancient artifacts out of the country and to criminalize abusing or climbing the country’s monuments. During a meeting on Tuesday, Parliament's legislative and constitutional affairs committee approved the addition of a new article ...

  • December 11, 2019

In Jesus’ Time: The Ancient Art of the Deal

For thousands of years, different peoples have interacted with each other by fighting wars and also by trading. In addition to the conquests that built an empire like the world had never known before, the Romans traded extensively. As the recent excavation of a richly-decorated mansion (portico) in Rome’s center ...

  • December 10, 2019

“GEM” Receives 309 Artifacts

The Grand Egyptian Museum in Al-Rimaya Square received, on Monday, 309 artifacts belonging to different eras, including 64 heavy artifacts coming from the Egyptian Museum in located in El Tahrir square, amid security measures from the Tourism and Antiquities Police. Major General Atef Moftah, the General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum Project ...

  • December 10, 2019

How December 25 Became Christmas

On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods—these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 come to be associated with ...

  • December 10, 2019

Bible Places: Weekend Roundup

“Colorful remains of mosaics from a 3rd century synagogue in the ancient town of Majdulia are the earliest evidence of synagogue decoration in the Golan.” “A group of archaeologists, architects and researchers petitioned the High Court of Justice . . . to stop a controversial plan to build a cable car ...

  • December 9, 2019

Gospel of John Commentary: Who Wrote the Gospel of John and How Historical Is It?

The Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament, tell the story of the life of Jesus. Yet only one—the Gospel of John—claims to be an eyewitness account, the testimony of the unnamed “disciple whom Jesus loved.” (“This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and wrote ...

  • December 9, 2019

Antiquities Announces Discovery of 19 Stone Masses

This morning, the Ministry of Antiquities started the excavation work in a piece of land owned by a citizen near the Temple of God Ptah in the area of ​​Mait Rahina, who was arrested yesterday by the Tourism and Antiquities Police, dug into it and uncovered huge archaeological blocks submerged ...

  • December 9, 2019