Ancient History

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Introduced as “the most clever of all of the beasts of the field that YHWH God had made,” the serpent in the Garden of Eden is portrayed as just that: a serpent. Satan does not make an appearance in Genesis 2–3, for the simple reason that when the story was written, the concept of the devil had not yet been invented. Explaining the serpent in the Garden of Eden as Satan [...]

Fri, Jun 26, 2020
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
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Raphael's Isaiah. Photo: Scala/Art Resource, New York, NY.

He is one of the most fascinating men in the Hebrew Bible—and also one of the most mysterious. His writings are cited more than any other Hebrew text in the New Testament and continue to be among the most influential to Christians everywhere, even in modern society.

He is represented more numerously among the Dead Sea Scrolls than all the other prophetic texts combined.

But who was Isaiah? Modern [...]

Thu, Jun 25, 2020
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
Who Were the Essenes?

This Bible History Daily feature was originally published in 2013.—Ed.

In a recent study about the Essenes of Qumran, archaeologist Eyal Regev used the tools of social archaeology to answer the question “Who were the Essenes?” Photo: Zev Radovan.

A 2013 study has sought to determine by sophisticated methods whether Khirbet Qumran was home to a Qumran community of sectarian Jews, the Essenes of Qumran.

The study by Eyal Regev of Bar-Ilan University [...]

Tue, Jun 23, 2020
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily
Judahite Names

The distribution of the different groups of Judahite names in the Book of Jeremiah align with Iron Age II archaeological materials, supporting biblical historicity. Charts: Biblical Archaeology Society.

Can personal names on archaeological materials from ancient Israel and Judah shed light on when the Bible was written?

In the Summer 2020 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Mitka R. Golub of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem addresses this very question of biblical [...]

Mon, Jun 22, 2020
Source: Ancient Cultures
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The iconic scene of Pilate washing his hands is based on the Gospel of Matthew (27:24): “[Pilate] took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves.'” This representation comes from a late medieval prayer book produced, most likely, in Brabant. Photo: Walters Manuscript W.164, fol. 33v.

Pontius Pilate is a conflicted figure. He appears in the New Testament [...]
Sun, Jun 21, 2020
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

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