World-renowned master teachers present lectures on the latest key issues in archaeology and the Bible, including “The Archaeology of Jewish Christianity” and “Isaiah in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” In addition, Hershel Shanks hosts a series of informal interviews with five prominent Dead Sea Scrolls scholars.

  • The Exodus and Cultural Memory

    Ronald S. Hendel

    Ancient Israel’s Exodus from Egypt, rather than being a single, momentous event that can be confirmed through archaeology, should be viewed as a deep-seated cultural memory that allowed disparate groups of highland villagers and escaped Canaanite slaves to coalesce into a single people. How...Read more ›

  • Hershel Shanks Interviews Scholars on the Scrolls

    Weston W. Fields, George J. Brooke, James H. Charlesworth, Sidnie White Crawford, Joseph A. Fitzmyer

    Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archaeology Review, hosts this series of informal interviews with five prominent Dead Sea Scrolls scholars. As only he can, Shanks discusses the intriguing personalities behind early scroll scholarship, many of whom were controversial. Listen as Weston...Read more ›

  • 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

    Eric H. Cline

    A “perfect storm of calamities”—earthquakes, droughts and rebellions—caused the demise of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1500–1200 B.C.). The great empires and mighty kingdoms of the ancient world—the Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians,...Read more ›

  • Folk Tales and Biblical History

    Alan R. Millard

    Many of the stories from ancient Near Eastern literature are often labeled “folk tales” and are presumed to have no basis in reality—the Biblical texts are no exception. Many stories in the Bible are seen as allegories or folk tales. But when we read these stories, should we just...Read more ›

  • Could Mt. Ebal Be Deuteronomy’s “Place of the Name”?

    Sandra Richter

    A vexing irony inhabits the Book of Deuteronomy. On the one hand, the book makes exclusive worship at a single site chosen by Israel’s God Yahweh the defining criterion of community faithfulness. On the other hand, the book fails to identify the sanctuary’s location. The quest to...Read more ›

  • The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel Aren’t Lost (and never were)

    Eric H. Cline

    Speculating on the whereabouts of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel has been popular for longer than the search for the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail. Suggestions for where they ended up have ranged from America and Britain to India and Africa, and virtually every place in between. However,...Read more ›

  • Jerusalem Discoveries from the Time of Jesus

    James D. Tabor

    In this exclusive collection of video lectures, renowned Biblical scholar James D. Tabor reviews some of the most exciting and controversial archaeological discoveries from Jerusalem in recent years, including his important findings from the Talpiot tombs and the Mt. Zion excavation. In his...Read more ›

  • Cyber-Archaeology: Insights from the Holy Land

    Thomas E. Levy

    In this lecture given to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, UC San Diego professor Thomas Levy discusses how new digital technologies are transforming archaeology in the 21st century and helping to preserve the world’s cultural heritage. Using examples from various archaeological...Read more ›

  • Technology and Antiquity

    Bruce E. Zuckerman

    Professor Zuckerman highlights the exciting new ways that ancient technologies allow us to decipher ancient texts and artifacts. In this dynamic presentation, he literally shines a light on some of the most important inscriptions in the field of Biblical archaeology, from the Copper Scroll to...Read more ›

  • Uncovering Early Christianity

    Bart D. Ehrman

    New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman’s bestselling books have introduced the general public to some of the most challenging and controversial ideas of modern Biblical scholarship. Now, BAS Library members can watch or listen to four exclusive full-length lectures by Ehrman on topics ranging from...Read more ›