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Biblical Archaeology Review, Spring 2022



Piece by Piece: Exploring the Origins of the Philistines

By Daniel M. Master

The Philistines have gone down in history as ancient Israel’s archenemy. Yet they were much more than that. We have uncovered their cities, temples, houses, weapons, tools, and pots—and, recently, remains of the Philistines themselves. Thanks to new DNA analysis, we now can answer questions about the Philistines’ origins. (Ed. note: This article contains images of human skeletal remains.)Read more ›

Jesus in Arabia: Tracing the Spread of Christianity into the Desert

By Ahmad Al-Jallad

Our project may have found the earliest reference to Christian belief among the ancient Arabs. Likely dating to the fourth century, a desert inscription written in a peculiar script appears to invoke the name of Jesus. What does this unique text reveal about Christianity’s first spread to the Arabian tribes?Read more ›

Proof Positive: How We Used Math to Find Herod’s Palace at Banias

By Frankie SnyderRachel Bar-Nathan

Archaeology and mathematics may have identified a forgotten palace of Herod the Great at Banias (ancient Caesarea Philippi). The marvelous floor design that once decorated an early Roman monumental structure at the site has parallels in other Herodian palaces. Explore the similarities and learn about the ingenious step-by-step reconstruction that made the identification possible.Read more ›