Restoring Herod’s Throne Niche at Machaerus

King Herod the Great built an impressive palace-fortress at Machaerus, east of the Dead Sea. See how the site’s excavators restored the throne niche in his royal palace.

Facing the Facts About the “Face of God”
A Critical Response to Yosef Garfinkel By Shua Kisilevitz, Ido Koch, Oded Lipschits, David S. Vanderhooft

In the Fall 2020 issue of BAR, Yosef Garfinkel claimed that a figurine from Khirbet Qeiyafa might represent the Israelite God, Yahweh. Some prominent scholars think otherwise.

Archive Discovered Under Maresha

A large private archive was recently discovered in a subterranean cache at Maresha, a Hellenistic city in the Judean Shephelah. The original documents have not survived but are attested through hundreds of decorated sealings.

Gluttony and Drunkenness in Ancient Israel

In Deuteronomy 21:18–21, a delinquent son is sentenced to death for being rebellious, as well as a glutton and drunkard. A close look at the foodways of ancient Israel suggests a better interpretation for the son’s crime.