Ancient History


An artistic rendering of the Museum of the Bible. Image: Museum of the Bible.

A new museum dedicated to the best-selling book of all time will open next month in Washington, D.C.—just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The Museum of the Bible is large and impressive. With a total square footage of 430,000, the museum boasts six floors, including part of a recreated first-century C.E. Jewish village, a ballroom, a performing arts hall, a [...]
Fri, Oct 20, 2017
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

Amrit's Phoenician temple in modern Syria dates to the sixth–fourth centuries B.C.E.—when the Persians controlled the region. The temple's elevated cella in the middle of its court and surrounding colonnade are still standing. Photo: Jerzy Strzelecki/CC-by-SA-3.0.

Who were the Phoenicians?

Where did they come from? Where did they live? With whom did they trade?

Ephraim Stern addresses these questions—and much more—in his article “Phoenicia and Its Special Relationship with Israel,” published in the November/December 2017 [...]

Fri, Oct 20, 2017
Source: Ancient Cultures

This ancient clay tablet was acquired along with other Babylonian antiquities in 2011 by the Sulaymaniyah Museum in Iraq. Researchers discovered that the tablet contained passages from the Gilgamesh Epic. Photo: “Tablet V of the Epic of Gligamesh” by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP (Glasg). Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons.

Tablet V of the ancient Mesopotamian Gilgamesh Epic tells the story of the heroes Gilgamesh and Enkidu as they combat Humbaba, the monstrous [...]
Thu, Oct 19, 2017
Source: Ancient Cultures

The Jerusalem highlands surrounding the excavation site of the Canaanite cemetery. Photo: Shua Kisilevitz.

Sealed tombs are like windows into the past that provide archaeologists a well-preserved snapshot of the lives of ancient peoples. A 2014 excavation near the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo has given archaeologists intriguing insight into burial practices with the discovery of a 4,000-year-old Canaanite shaft tomb containing, among other grave goods, the remains of at least nine decapitated toads.

The Jerusalem tomb discovery, [...]

Wed, Oct 18, 2017
Source: Ancient Cultures

Archaeologist Micka Ullman stands in the large entrance hall of the Te'omim Cave in the Jerusalem hills. Photo: Courtesy of Boaz Zissu.

During the Bar-Kokhba Revolt (132–136 C.E.), Jewish rebels sought refuge from the Roman army in secret hideouts throughout Judea. One such hideout was the Te'omim Cave, a massive cave complex in the Jerusalem hills west of the city. There, within the innermost chambers of the cave, archaeologists discovered three hoards of [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

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