Ancient History


“John answered them, ‘I baptize with water; but among you stands one whom you do not know, even he who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.' This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.”
—John 1:26–28

An aerial view of the remains of a Byzantine-era monastery complex on a low hill at Al-Maghtas, Jordan. This area has been venerated by Christian pilgrims as “Bethany [...]

Mon, Jan 01, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

From archaeological evidence confirming the existence of people from the Bible to an eclipse of Biblical proportions, Bible History Daily covered quite a range of topics in the last year! Below, check out our top 10 blog posts published in 2017 that received the most web traffic. Did your favorite post make the cut?

The largest coin struck by King Herod the Great. Photo: Copyright 2010 by David Hendin, from Guide to [...]

Wed, Dec 27, 2017
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

It's made such an enormous impact on Western civilization that it's hard to fathom how small its population really was—small compared even to the centers of contemporaneous empires to the east and to the west. Of course, I'm talking about Jerusalem.

Today many of us live in cities of millions. Very few of us live in towns of only thousands, but hardly any of us live in a village as small as King David's [...]

Tue, Dec 26, 2017
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

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.

The year 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the now-iconic model of Herod's Temple created by Israeli historian [...]
Sun, Dec 24, 2017
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

The famous Lebanese cedar tree was widely used in the construction of ancient temples, palaces and seagoing vessels, including Solomon's Temple and the so-called “Jesus Boat.” But what exactly made its timbers so important for ancient woodworking?

In the Biblical world, Lebanese cedar (Cedrus libani) trees were highly sought after as an excellent source of timber for ancient woodworking. The wood's high quality, pleasant scent and resistance to both rot and insects made it a [...]
Fri, Dec 22, 2017
Source: Ancient Cultures

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