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How ancient Assyria saved Victorian Bible scholarship
In August of 1847, the British Museum mounted the first major display of Assyrian antiquities in England. For a year, the public had pored over sketches from Austen Henry Layard’s Mesopotamian excavations in the Illustrated London News...
Bible Review, December 2001
Heroes of Hanukkah Open Era of Jewish Display Tombs
Modi’in was nothing but a hick town in the second century B.C., about 20 miles northwest of Jerusalem. But it was the ancestral home of the Maccabee family who led the successful revolt against the Seleucid tyrant Antiochus IV Epiphanes after...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2007
Six-Letter Inscription Suggests Monumental Building of Hezekiah
In this case, it is a tiny inscription with only six letters preserved. So little remains of ancient Israel in the City of David (the 12-acre...Ancient Jerusalem sometimes reveals itself in little bits.
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2009
Archaeological clues suggest monumental structure resembles Augustus’s tomb in Rome
We have not found Herod’s tomb, but we have examined a structure that may be Herod’s family tomb. It is not at Herodium but is in Jerusalem itself opposite the Damascus Gate, the most elaborate entrance to the Old City. As with Herodium, my...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1983
How Greek Art Influenced Monumental Pillars of India’s Emperor Ashoka
No two artistic traditions seem more unlike than those of India and Greece. The multi-headed, multi-armed figures of Indian sculpture appear to be mystical and cosmic, worlds away from...
Archaeology Odyssey, March/April 2005
Like the stone monuments it displays, the venerable archaeological museum stands the tests of time
Now, if a king among kings, or a governor among governors or a commander of an army should come up against Byblos and uncover this coffin, may the scepter of his rule be torn away, may the throne of his kingdom be overturned, and may peace...
Archaeology Odyssey, March/April 2000
Unique monumental structure inside Israelite Jerusalem defies explanation
There it was in the headline on page one of what is supposedly the most reliable and accurate newspaper in the country, the prestigious New York Times: “Palace of David or Solomon Believed Found.” The headline writer cannot be faulted...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1981
A monumental Hebrew inscription from the ancient Temple Mount recalls the signal
One of the most magnificent finds from the excavation adjacent to the Temple Mount—directed since 1968 by Professor Benjamin Mazar of the Hebrew University—is a monumental Hebrew...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1986
A review article of Raymond E. Brown’s monumental The Birth of the Messiah
Jesus’ birth and infancy are described in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, but are not even mentioned in Mark and John. Moreover, the infancy narratives in Matthew and Luke are seemingly quite different from one another. Luke mentions the...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1981
The Fascist-Era Excavation of the Emperor’s Peace Altar in Rome
The exquisite Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace) stands on a busy Roman thoroughfare near the Tiber River. Carved on the walls enclosing the altar is an elegant relief showing...
Archaeology Odyssey, May/June 2005
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2016
This article will examine a remarkable but little-known Punic/Phoenician funerary monument from Pozo Moro, Spain. Behind it lie complex cultural influences, including some connections with the Biblical prophet Ezekiel and his vision of the...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1995
Somewhere in the desert palace-fortress at Herodium, Palestine’s master builder was buried
Dedicated to the memory of David Rosenfeld.a I had no idea of searching for Herod’s tomb when I began my archaeological work at Herodium. But I confess it has now become something of a minor obsession with me. Whether I will eventually...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1983
Although the huge barrel-vaulted halls supporting the Nea had been discovered by Charles Warren in the late 19th century, the long-buried remains of the church itself were first revealed to modern eyes by excavations of Israeli archaeologists...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2008
How I studied the Neo-Babylonian Inscription of Nabonidus 300 feet above the ground ... and lived to tell about it!
In the sixth century B.C.E., the Neo-Babylonian king Nabonidus inscribed imperial propaganda on a cliff at Sela, a mountain fortress in modern Jordan. Assyriologist Rocío Da Riva goes to great heights to study this hard-to-reach inscription.
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2019