Discovered a century ago, clay figurines of human forms were prevalent in the First Temple period (c. 800–586 B.C.E). To this day, no one knows. . .
In the ruins of an ancient village near the Jordanian border, researchers have unearthed the oldest metal object yet discovered in the Middle East.
Six varieties of fruit served not merely as food for the ancient Israelites but as symbols that feature prominently in biblical names, laws, proverbs, and traditions.
Do epigraphic variations in a 3,000-year-old inscription discovered at an ancient fort suggest that the Hebrew alphabet once incorporated vowels?
Some biblical scholars interpret the story of Judah and Tamar (Genesis 38) as a case of sacred prostitution. Their reading is supported neither by textual. . .
Do the remains of a stone structure located on a rocky spur in Jerusalem match the biblical specifications for King David’s palace? An expert. . .
An ancient flood narrative inscribed on a 4,000-year-old Babylonian cuneiform tablet gives precise instructions for building an ark and recruiting its animal cargo—two by two.
A First-Temple-era column, whose location has been kept secret until this week, is less interesting than the ancient water system in which it was discovered.
Before the exploits for which he became famous, T. E. Lawrence made discoveries in Syria and the Sinai desert that laid the foundations for future biblical archeology.
Twenty years ago, a scholarly consensus identified the Dead Sea Scrolls with the ascetic Essene community at Qumran. Now the picture is more complicated.
A 10,000-year-old house at Eshtaol represents the oldest structure ever found in the Judean lowlands, dating from a time before permanent dwellings became the norm.
Why do so many ancient synagogue mosaics in Israel feature pagan symbols? (2012)
The discovery of an Iron-Age altar at Shiloh provides the first evidence of First-Temple-era sacrificial worship at the site that hosted the Tabernacle before. . .
Does an ancient Aramean bull deity, depicted on an 8th-century B.C.E. stele, explain how Judaism came to adopt a lunar calendar?