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.

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

Haaretz: On the fourth day of Hanukkah, archaeologists find hoard of Islamic coins in Israel

Coins placed in a clay juglet 1,200 years ago included rare specimens from North Africa and one issued by Caliph Haroun A-Rashid This post appeared first at https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-on-the-fourth-day-of-hanukkah-archaeologists-find-hoard-of-islamic-coins-in-israel-1.8328698

  • December 30, 2019

BAS: Graffiti as Devotion

Vandalizing and Disrespectful —that’s how we typically perceive graffiti. Texts or images, these informal marks in public built spaces can express opposition, rebellion, or artistic aspirations. In the ancient world, people made similar graffiti in streets, markets, bathrooms, or theaters. But they also left graffiti in sacred spaces, such as ...

  • December 17, 2019

Understanding the Jewish Menorah

The Jewish menorah—especially the Temple menorah, a seven-branched candelabra that stood in the Temple—is the most enduring and iconic Jewish symbol. But what did the Temple menorah actually look like? In early August 2011, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) issued a press release announcing the discovery of “an engraving of the Temple ...

  • December 17, 2019

Ancient Roman garum factory found in Israel, suitably far away from town

A small 1st century factory that produced fermented fish sauce — arguably the most desirable foodstuff of the Roman era — was recently uncovered during excavations near the southern coastal Israeli city of Ashkelon. It is one of the only identified industrial sites for production of the ubiquitous odorous sauce ...

  • December 17, 2019

When Was Jesus Born—B.C. or A.D.?

In which year was Jesus born? While this is sometimes debated, the majority of New Testament scholars place Jesus’ birth in 4 B.C. or before. This is because most date the death of King Herod the Great to 4 B.C. Since Herod played a major role in the narrative of Jesus’ birth (see Matthew 2), Jesus would have had ...

  • December 17, 2019

Bible-era temple found near Jerusalem may be linked to Ark of the Covenant

Archaeologists excavating a 3,100-year-old temple in the ancient settlement of Beth Shemesh, near Jerusalem, have uncovered an unusual stone table that eerily recalls one described in the Bible as playing a role in the story of the Ark of the Covenant. The find could be interpreted many ways, but one possibility ...

  • December 17, 2019

Royal Sphinx Statue Unearthed in Tuna El-Gebel

The Egyptian archaeological mission, headed by Sayed Abdel Malek, on Saturday uncovered a small royal statue of a sphinx in Tuna El-Gebel archaeological area in Minya governorate in Upper Egypt. Director-General of the antiquities of Middle Egypt Gamal El-Samastawy said that the statue was made of limestone, adding that it measures ...

  • December 15, 2019

Who Was Jesus’ Biological Father?

Was Joseph Jesus’ biological father? If not, who was Jesus’ biological father? The annunciation stories in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke recount that Jesus was conceived without the participation of a human male. Ancient views on the biology of conception—based on Aristotelian theory—differed from our modern understanding of genetics and biology. For Jesus to ...

  • December 13, 2019