Ancient History

jerusalem inscription

During excavations at the Temple Mount, Eilat Mazar discovered a lettered inscription featuring the earliest alphabet ever found in Jerusalem. The inscription precedes the development of the Paleo-Hebrew script used by the Israelites in the First Temple period. What does the inscription say? Alan Millard examines the evidence and current theories. Sherd: Ouria Tadmor, courtesy of Eilat Mazar. Drawing: Ada Yardeni, courtesy of Eilat Mazar.

During the 2012 excavations at the southern wall [...]
Mon, Oct 08, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
Understanding the Jewish Menorah

Does this recently excavated ancient menorah graffito show us what the Temple menorah looked like?

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 menorah on a stone object” in a 2,000-year-old drainage channel [...]

Sun, Oct 07, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
alexander-the-great-berlin

A DATE WITH ALEXANDER THE GREAT. Coins such as the one shown here—dating to c. 336–323 B.C.E.—can be used to precisely date prominent people. When coins are combined with written records and astrological events, the exact date of certain events can be calculated. Photo: Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz.

Archaeology seeks to answer many important questions but one of the most important, and arguably the most controversial, is: When? When did [...]
Fri, Oct 05, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
stephen-patterson

But he said to them, “Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.”
—Matthew 19:11–12

Stephen J. Patterson discusses what Jesus meant when he referred to [...]

Thu, Oct 04, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
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Two stonecutters working in the construction of Capitolias. Photo: © Julien ALIQUOT/HiSoMA 2018.

In a Roman tomb in northern Jordan, archaeologists have discovered what they are calling the “first Aramaic comics.” The wall paintings feature human figures, deities, and animals with texts written above them.

“The inscriptions are […] similar to speech bubbles in comic books, because they describe the activities of the characters, who offer explanations of what they are doing (‘I am cutting [...]

Wed, Oct 03, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

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