The Untouchables: Scholars Fear to Publish Ancient House Shrine

To encounter ancient Near Eastern religion, one can hardly do better than to begin with the clay model house shrines that appear as early as the third millennium B.C. and continue through the Biblical period.

Firsthand Report: Tracking Down the Looted Treasures of Iraq

The world watched in horror as the images were flashed all over the globe: In the chaos that surrounded the fall of Baghdad in April 2003, the Iraq Museum—home to a priceless collection of ancient objects from the birthplace of civilization—was being wildly looted. These initial news reports indicated that more than 170,000 […]

Excavating Ekron
Major Philistine City Survived by Absorbing Other Cultures By Seymour Gitin

The Philistines were the chief adversary of Biblical Israel in the 12th and 11th centuries B.C.E. They were also the conquerors of the Canaanite cities of the southern coastal plain.1 At the beginning of the first millennium B.C.E., however, the Philistine cities were destroyed and the Philistines themselves seem to have become a […]

The Universal God
How the God of Israel Became a God for All By André Lemaire

Israel not only survived but thrived in exile. Indeed, Israelite Yahwisma became universal monotheism in the Babylonian Exile.

First Person: Cites Unseen
Why do some scholars avoid references to BAR? By Hershel Shanks


Grave Robbers Nabbed
Religious Organization Helps Recover Ossuaries
Better Late Than Never
Caesarea Mosaic Uncovered—Again
Giving the Philistines Their Due
Inscription Found at Gath
The Palace of King David?
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