“Fake news” is a problem besetting modern societies. Can learning to read the Bible carefully help us develop better skills […]
Humans have always needed a wide range of medicines, but until recently, there has been little archaeological evidence […]
Writing the ‘history of Israel’ has traditionally begun with the Biblical texts […]
Fighting Over the Bible: Jewish Interpretation, Sectarianism and Polemic from Temple to Talmud and Beyond
We speak of the Abrahamic faiths sharing the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. But far from unifying Jews, Christians and Muslims, biblical texts divided them […]
All cultures create models of the cosmos in words and images; the ancient Greeks were the first to make a mechanical working model of the cosmos […]
Every few years, the media report new finds of ancient texts that supposedly throw revolutionary new light on the Biblical world and Christian origins. What if very few of these were really new […]
What happens to everyday religious practices when there are major cultural and political shifts? Take the example of amulets, incantations written on papyrus, parchment, metal, or other, and the transition to Christianity […]
What was the ‘actual’ role of ancient Egyptian magic in the royal palace […]
Sunlight and Shade in the First Cities explores the interaction of sunlight and architecture in the urban landscapes of Bronze Age Mesopotamian cities […]
When did Jews become Jews? Was being a “Judean” or a “Jew” a question of place and religion, or was it an identity founded in the Law? A new book shows the answer to be neither simple nor stable.
The Hebrew word for silk appears only twice in the Bible. But after 400 CE, as Christianity and pilgrimage expanded, silk from Egypt and Syria began to appear, and to be preserved in the arid zones of the Southern Levant.
On the highest point of a rocky outcrop in southeastern Turkey lies a mound intentionally buried over 10,000 years ago. It contains some of the most astonishing ritual architecture ever found […]
To hear him tell it, the big bad wolf was really the hero. Ancient Near Eastern kings also saw themselves as heroes, and had a unique literary genre, royal apologetic, to make it clear to readers, and to posterity.
Christianity arrived on Sicily sometime around 250 CE and quickly reached the small village of San Miceli. One of the first things the new Christians did was build a basilica […]