Biblical Archaeology

Archaeologists discover letter from biblical era

Hebrew University team unearths Canaanite temple at Lachish; find gold artifacts, cultic figurines, and oldest known etching of Hebrew letter 'Samech' "And the Lord delivered Lachish into the hand of...

Oldest recorded solar eclipse helps date the Egyptian pharaohs

Researchers have pinpointed the date of what could be the oldest solar eclipse yet recorded. The event, which occurred on 30 October 1207 BC, is mentioned in the Bible, and could have consequences for the chronology of the ancient world.

St Columba’s cell on Iona revealed by archaeologists

Archaeologists from the University of Glasgow have uncovered conclusive evidence that a wooden hut traditionally associated with St Columba at the monastery on the island of Iona does indeed date to his lifetime in the late sixth century AD.

American creationism isn’t going anywhere – a life-size Noah’s Ark proves it

In the early 1980s, the US’s religious right seemed an unstoppable behemoth in terms of political clout. The Moral Majority, Focus on the Family, and other groups came to dominate public policy discussions by mobilising large groups of conservative Christians into a formidable force.

First-ever Philistine cemetery revealed

A groundbreaking discovery of the first Philistine cemetery to be found may well support the claim that the Philistines were migrants to the shores of ancient Israel who arrived from lands to the West around the 12th century BCE.

Handwriting analysis provides clues for dating of old testament texts

Scholars have long debated how much of the Hebrew bible was composed before the destruction of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Judah in 586 BCE.

Second Temple period bronze implements discovered in Magdala excavations

A decorated bronze incense shovel (used for transferring embers from place to place) and a bronze jug were recently uncovered in archaeological excavations in Magdala on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Was Jesus really nailed to the cross?

Jesus’s crucifixion is probably one of the most familiar images to emerge from Christianity. Good Friday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar, marks the event. But what was crucifixion? And why was Jesus killed that way?

Ancient figurine discovered by 7-year-old boy

A 3,400 year old statue was recently uncovered by a 7-year-old boy while on an outing with friends. Representatives of the Israel Antiquities Authority awarded him a certificate of appreciation for his good citizenship.

Tel Aviv University discovers fabric collection dating back to Kings David and Solomon

The ancient copper mines in Timna are located deep in Israel's Arava Valley and are believed by some to be the site of King Solomon's mines.

Philistines introduced sycamore, cumin and opium poppy into Israel during the Iron Age

One of the most pressing issues in modern biological conservation is "invasion biology".

Archaeologists uncover entrance gate and fortification of Biblical city

The Ackerman Family Bar-Ilan University Expedition to Gath, headed by Prof. Aren Maeir, has discovered the fortifications and entrance gate of the biblical city of Gath of the Philistines, home of Goliath and the largest city in the land during the 10th-9th century BCE, about the time of the "United Kingdom" of Israel and King Ahab of Israel.

Weighing up the evidence for the ‘Historical Jesus’

Did a man called Jesus of Nazareth walk the earth? Discussions over whether the figure known as the “Historical Jesus” actually existed primarily reflect disagreements among atheists. Believers, who uphold the implausible and more easily-dismissed “Christ of Faith” (the divine Jesus who walked on water), ought not to get involved.

Study suggests improved survivorship in the aftermath of the medieval Black Death

Skeletal analysis may support increased survival and mortality risk after Black Death

3,300 year old Canaanite coffin discovered with signet ring of Seti I

A 3,300 year old coffin has been discovered by archaeologists containing the personal belongings of a wealthy Canaanite – Possibly an Official of the Egyptian Army

Private collection of “heretic” bishop unvealed

John Colenso, a 19th-century missionary who caused outrage for his sympathetic work with Zulus in South Africa.

Finding Israel’s First Camels

Archaeologists have shown that camels were not domesticated centuries after the Age of the Patriarchs (2000-1500 BCE).

The Jacobean space programme

The 17th century saw unprecedented changes in our understanding of the universe.

Genetic Study Proves Israel’s Wild Boars Originated in Europe

Animals descended from pigs brought by the Philistines 3,000 years ago

An excavation led by archaeologists dates mines in the south of Israel to the days of King Solomon

New findings from an archaeological excavation led this winter by Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University's Jacob M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures prove that...

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