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Biblical Archaeology Review, Spring 2020



Searching for Bethsaida: The Case for El-Araj

By R. Steven NotleyMordechai Aviam

Where is biblical Bethsaida? Two sites have been identified as candidates for the biblical fishing village on the Sea of Galilee, which was later transformed into a Roman city. Explore the case for el-Araj, the site on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee.Read more ›

Were There Women at Qumran?

By Sidnie White Crawford

Qumran is widely believed to have been an Essene settlement. But how does this identification square with the role of women in the Jewish sect as described in the Dead Sea Scrolls, which likely originated in this supposedly celibate community?Read more ›

Brick by Brick

What did the Israelites build in Egypt?

By David A. Falk

Buildings in ancient Egypt were constructed from either stone or mudbrick. Temples were generally built with stone that was meant to last throughout the ages. Palaces, on the other hand, were built for comfort out of mudbrick, which was cool in the day and warm at night...Read more ›