Category Archives: Bible Archaeology

Biblical Waters: Can the Jordan River Be Saved?

Nat Geo has a look. With the swelling ranks of Syrian refugees in Jordan, an overstressed river is at risk of going dry. The Jordan River, seen here, is now mostly saline water and liquid wastes. Rest here.  

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Ancient Papyri Discovered at Luther College

And some rare early Christian document are among the finds: In January, nine papyri documents almost 2,000 years old were discovered by a student in the Luther College library archives, where they had remained hidden in a cardboard box for … Continue reading

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Ancient Rural Town Uncovered in Israel

On the outskirts of Jerusalem. … archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 2,300-year-old rural village that dates back to the Second Temple period, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced. Trenches covering some 8,000 square feet (750 square meters) revealed … Continue reading

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Syria’s Archaeological Sites Ravaged by Bombing, Looting

Discovery has the sad news: When Asma al-Assad, the British-born wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, received an honorary Ph.D. in archeology in 2004 from the prestigious University of Rome “La Sapienza,” she stressed that such knowledge should be used “to … Continue reading

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The First Photographs Ever Taken of Jerusalem

Smithsonian has released the first ever photographs taken of the Jerusalem as seen and taken in 1844 by Philibert Girault de Prangey. Simply stunning… More of the Holy City then, here.  

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Ancient Church Mosaic With Symbol of Jesus Uncovered in Israel

Another magnificent archaeological discovery uncovered in the Holy Land: Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered intricate mosaics on the floor of a 1,500-year-old Byzantine church, including one that bears a Christogram surrounded by birds. The ruins were discovered during a salvage excavation ahead of … Continue reading

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Due for Major Earthquake, Israel Seeks to Keep Holy Land’s Ancient Treasures Standing

CTV News: With Israel situated in one of the world’s earthquake-prone areas, officials are taking action to protect the Holy Land’s most important ancient treasures so they don’t come tumbling down. After a series of five moderate earthquakes shook the … Continue reading

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Beyond Belief: Archaeology and Religion

The BBC: A new series of Beyond Belief begins with a discussion on the impact of archaeological discoveries on religious belief. Listen here (right click & “save target as / link as”). Duration: 28 mins. Features renowned Bible scholar Francesca Stravrakopoulou.  

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How Many of Your Favorite New Testament Books Were Popular Among the Early Christians?

Jimmy Akin: Obviously, taken as a whole, the books of the New Testament were quite popular. They were Scripture, after all! But how popular were they individually? People today have favorite books in the Bible–ones they go to all the time, … Continue reading

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Biblical-Era Jug Found in Mediterranean Sea

3,000-year-old earthenware was first brought up in fisherman’s net many years ago. Haaretz: A unique collection of ancient earthenware vessels found in the Mediterranean Sea has been turned over to the Israel Antiquities Authority, following the death of the fisherman … Continue reading

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