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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...

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.

New mosaics discovered in synagogue excavations in Galilee depicting biblical stories

Excavations in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee have discovered ornate mosaics.

The greatest taboo? The surprising truth of what The Bible says about incest

Incest sparks strong emotions – and today, in many cultures at least, they are largely negative. But has it always been thus? Or is the taboo peculiar to certain times and places?

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.