Ancient History


From the moment they were discovered, the Samaria ivories created fanfare. In excellent condition, the ivories depict scenes of exotic wildlife and flora, mythological creatures, foreign deities and much more. Dated to the ninth or eighth century B.C.E. (the Iron Age), they were uncovered from the site of Samaria—the Biblical capital of the northern kingdom of Israel—during the 1920s and 1930s. Some of these ivories are on permanent display at the Israel Museum, [...]

Mon, Aug 28, 2017
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

Hershel Shanks

Amihai Mazar (better known as Ami) is one of Israel's most highly regarded archaeologists. He recently retired from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I remember long ago when I featured him on the cover of BAR together with his famous uncle, Benjamin Mazar, a former president of the Hebrew University and a famous archaeologist; Ami was angry. He didn't want to be pictured with his uncle. Ami wanted to make it on his [...]
Sun, Aug 27, 2017
Source: Ancient Cultures

This Bible History Daily feature was originally published in 2016.—Ed.

2016 was the golden anniversary of Israeli archaeologist Michael Avi-Yonah's model of Herod's Temple. The model, originally commissioned for the Holy Land Hotel in Jerusalem and part of a much larger model of ancient Jerusalem, is now housed in the Israel Museum. Photo: Steven Fine.

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the now-iconic model of Herod's Temple created by Israeli historian and archaeologist [...]
Fri, Aug 25, 2017
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

COMET COIN. This silver denarius (19–18 B.C.E.) features Caesar Augustus on one side and a comet with the words “Diuus Iulius” (Divine Julius) on the other. Photo: Courtesy of Don Yeomans.

For as long as human beings have existed, surely no part of the natural world has been more enigmatic or influential as the movement of observable celestial objects. Earth's movement around the sun set the agricultural cycles by which the large majority of humanity [...]
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
Source: Ancient Cultures

The largest coin struck by King Herod the Great. Photo: Copyright 2010 by David Hendin, from Guide to Biblical Coins, 5th Edition.

53 people from the Hebrew Bible have been confirmed by archaeology. What about the New Testament? In “New Testament Political Figures Confirmed” in the September/October 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Purdue University scholar Lawrence Mykytiuk examines the political figures in the New Testament who can be identified [...]
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

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