Ancient Samaria and Jerusalem

Jill Katz on urban anthropology in the capitals of Israel and Judah Ancient Samaria and Jerusalem had a lot in common in the ninth and eighth centuries B.C.E. Both were part of David and Solomon’s United Kingdom of Israel in the tenth century, and both became capitals when it split into the southern kingdom of […]

Completion of historic renovation of the Edicule

Soon many so called Christians shall celebrate their Easter with many pagan symbols. Many Christians do want the time of remembrance of the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus to come to Jerusalem and to visit the places where the master teacher walked. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, with its Aedicule or Edicule, a towering […]

Burial bed of Jesus Christ uncovered

In June, a team of experts began renovations on the church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem which is being believed to be the burial place of the Nazarene Jewish teacher Jeshua, today better known as Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Christ from the dead is a core tenet of Christian […]

A Jerusalem Synagogue Building from Jesus’ Time?

Originally posted on HolyLandPhotos' Blog:
In 1913 Raymond Weill excavated in the “City of David” and found a large limestone block—ca. 30 in. x 16 in.—that contained a clear 10 line Greek inscription. “Theodotus Synagogue Inscription” found in Jerusalem. Click on image to Enlarge and/or Download. The inscription reads: “Theodotos, son of Vettenos, priest and…

Archaeology and the Bible

In every instance where the findings of archaeology pertain to the Biblical record, the archaeological evidence confirms, sometimes in detailed fashion, the historical accuracy of Scripture. In those instances where the archaeological findings seem to be at variance with the Bible, the discrepancy lies with the archaeological evidence, i.e., improper interpretation, lack of evidence, etc. […]

Dead Sea Scrolls available at the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls digitization project

Between the 2nd century bce and 2nd century ce the majority of the Dead Sea Scrolls were written. During this time, different Judean groups struggled to obtain and maintain political and religious leadership. As primary sources, the Dead Sea Scrolls shed light on these historical events and explore the ways that various Jews of the […]