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Biblical Archeology

Archaeology and the Bible: Three Discoveries

Roger Isaacs | Posted 02.15.2017 | Religion
Roger Isaacs

Most often, we hear about how the archaeological record is in conflict with what's written in the Bible. Sometimes, however, an object or inscription ...

Israeli Couple Finds Ancient Mikvah Bath Under Their Floorboards

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 07.03.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) An Israeli family experienced the surprise of a lifetime when, during a home renovation, workers discovered a 2,000-year-old Jewish ri...

Word Of Caution On 'Oldest Gospel Found In A Mummy Mask' | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion

(CNN)Media outlets have been abuzz this week with the news that the oldest fragment of a New Testament gospel -- and thus the earliest witness of Jesu...

Possible Site Of Jesus' Trial Uncovered

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) The site where Jesus may have been tried, prior to his crucifixion, is now open to the public for the very first time. Located in t...

Six Clay Seals Discovered In Israel Linked To Era Of Kings David And Solomon

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

A Mississippi State University archaeological team uncovered six official clay seals at a dig in southern Israel -- offering some support for the reig...

5 Reasons Why People Are Still Wondering Whether Jesus Was Married

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Another day, another stunning blockbuster report that … Jesus was married! And to Mary Magdalene! The latest version of this meme comes fro...

Mrs. Jesus? Controversial Researcher Claims Mary Magdalene Was A Deity And Mom To Jesus' Kids

The Associated Press | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

LONDON (AP) - A researcher who has attracted attention and criticism with his revisionist Biblical theories says he has found new evidence that Jesus ...

Stone Discovered In Jerusalem May Answer A Nearly 2,000 Year-Old Question

The Associated Press | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists said Tuesday they have discovered a large stone with Latin engravings that lends credence to the theory that...

Ancient Cult Complex Discovered, May Be Temple Of Baal

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.15.2014 | Science

Archaeologists working in Israel have discovered an "ancient cult complex," where people who lived thousands of years ago might have worshipped a Cana...

Archeologists Mystfied By Elephant Mosaics In Ancient Synagogue

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion

There are many amazing characters and creatures described in the Hebrew Bible, but elephants are not among them. Imagine the surprise of a team of ...

The Irony of ISIS

Lisa Levart | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Lisa Levart

In this decisive time before the imminent destruction of our common sacred sites, let us all call upon the protective guidance of Isis: the oldest of the old, mother of all mothers and The All-Seeing Eye. Let us reclaim the true name and meaning of Isis.

First Christmases in Bethlehem and America

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

Perhaps each of our births is a type of first Christmas. We arrive as strangers on this planet. On this hostile planet we all will have crosses to bear. We are not the Savior, but we can be a savior.

History Revealed By Biblical Archaeology

Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion

The world is rich with artifacts that give insight to the people and events mentioned in the Bible, particularly in the Middle and Near East. Archaeol...

Dalmanutha Has Not Been Found -- It Doesn't Exist

Joel L. Watts | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

This is one of the issues we find in modern, "biblical" archaeology: the need to locate everything mentioned in Holy Writ. Scripture is the only place Dalmanutha is mentioned. It is not found in other sources of the time.

Discovery May Help Explain Ancient Biblical Mystery

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.17.2013 | Religion

A pitcher found during an Israeli archaeological dig may shed light on a biblical mystery that has gone unsolved for thousands of years. The broken...

Does Israel Have No Roots There in History?

Richard Elliott Friedman | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Richard Elliott Friedman

On Sept. 24, the president of Iran informed reporters that Israel has "no roots there in history" in the Middle East. But one cannot understand the Jews or Israel if one displaces the first 1,000 years of their history.

The News Cycle of Jesus' Wife

Brook Wilensky-Lanford | Posted 11.26.2012 | Religion
Brook Wilensky-Lanford

The question of "is this a legitimate, non-fraudulent scientific discovery" is of course different from the question of "does this new piece of information change what I believe?"

How An Ancient Stone Seal May Point To Samson’s Famous Lion Fight

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Kevin Belmonte

It's such a small relic -- yet it may say so much. Thoughts of things like miracles may seem far removed from our daily existence. But this ancient seal might bring the story of one miracle closer.

Samson Mosaic Discovered In Ancient Israeli Synagogue

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 07.05.2012 | Religion

A colorful mosaic depicting the Biblical figure Samson has been discovered in the Galilee region of Israel, according to the Israeli Antiquities Autho...

Archeologists Discover Physical Evidence Of Ancient Biblical City

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM, May 23 (Reuters) - Israeli archaeologists said on Wednesday they had discovered the first physical evidence supporting Old Testament acco...

The James Ossuary: Is It Authentic? (An Update)

Robert Eisenman | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Robert Eisenman

The only trial in the world which seems to have taken longer than the Amanda Knox one in Italy is the extended trial over the so-called James Ossuary in Jerusalem.

Digging For Truth: How Deep Are You Willing to Go?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 10.10.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

As archaeologists dig deeper into the earth to uncover new truths about the past, their findings have the potential to upend our understanding of religion and the role of God in its unfolding.