Ancient History

History resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2017
Years ago I participated in a workshop about the development of effective data graphics. The instructor used Charles Joseph Minard's classic timeline of events that occurred during Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 as his primary example. This historic data graphic not only relayed dates and events but, through the thickness of the line, represented the catastrophic losses in Napoleon's army suffered in that brutal [...]
Sun, Jan 07, 2018
Source: Ancient Times

In the Q&C section of the January/February 2014 issue of BAR, reader Judah Landa questioned the meaning of a lotus in the left hand in a Persian relief in Irit Ziffer's article “Portraits of Ancient Israelite Kings?” in the September/October 2013 issue of BAR. Read Landa's question along with Irit Ziffer's illuminating response below.—Ed.


What a Lotus in the Left Hand Means
Judah Landa
East Brunswick, New Jersey

Re: “Portraits of [...]

Fri, Jan 05, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

In the article “Where Is Sodom?” archaeologist Steven Collins, using clues from the Biblical geography of Genesis 13 together with archaeological evidence from the site of Tall el-Hammam (pictured), argues that Biblical tradition located Sodom in a fertile area northeast of the Dead Sea. Photo: Michael C. Luddeni.

According to the Bible, “the men of Sodom were wicked” (Genesis 13, verse 13). For its many sins, God destroyed Sodom and all the inhabitants [...]
Thu, Jan 04, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

Hello, I'm Bob Cargill, the new Editor of BAR. I am honored to be taking the reins from Hershel Shanks, the man who founded BAR and who devoted his career to exploring and promoting issues pertaining to archaeology and the Bible. Through BAR, Hershel has brought the latest archaeological discoveries from the Holy Land to you, our loyal readers, since 1975. I'll say more about Hershel—and trust me, there is plenty more [...]

Wed, Jan 03, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
lawrence-stager

Lawrence Stager, the Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel, emeritus, at Harvard University, died on December 29, 2017, at the age of 74. Although he is no longer with us, his legacy of excellent scholarship and interdisciplinary work will live on. May he rest in peace.

Below, read a short biography of Stager from the September/October 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review.

How Larry Stager Came to Ashkelon

On July 10, [...]

Tue, Jan 02, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

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