Category Archives: Inscriptions and Manuscripts

Museum of the Bible opening today in DC

Today marks the grand opening of the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC, just blocks from the U.S. Capitol and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The Museum of the Bible is free and boasts a massive collection of artifacts and … Continue reading

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Another Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Found (Photos)

For the first time in over 60 years, scholars have identified another Dead Sea Scrolls cave. This newly excavated cave has everything one finds in a DSS cave (storage jars with lids, protective cloth wrap, leather binding straps, etc.) except … Continue reading

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First Temple “Jerusalem” Papyrus Revealed to Public

We have more news about the papyrus discovery I mentioned earlier. The Israel Antiquities Authority has revealed what they describe as “the earliest extra-biblical source to mention Jerusalem in Hebrew writing.” C14 tests and paleographic analysis date the papyrus to … Continue reading

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Two New Discoveries Relate to Ancient Jerusalem

Two new archaeological finds relate to Jerusalem in the Old and New Testament periods. Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority have found the northernmost wall of 1st century AD Jerusalem and discovered the point where the attacking Romans breached it during … Continue reading

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The New “Dead Sea Scrolls” – Are They Real?

My previous post on newly-surfaced fragments of “Dead Sea Scrolls” mentions they may be a great discovery “if they can be authenticated.” A followup article by the same author asks if some or most of these fragments are forgeries. That’s an important … Continue reading

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25 New Dead Sea Scrolls(?) Revealed

25 published Bible manuscripts may be genuine “Dead Sea Scrolls” from some 2,000 years ago, and there are more to come. This is a great discovery if they can be authenticated, though some are concerned they could be forgeries. The origin … Continue reading

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Khirbet Qeiyafa website updated with info, photos

The official site for Khirbet Qeiyafa has just been updated with new information and photos. This Iron Age site happens to overlook David and Goliah’s biblical battlefield and has produced a wealth of data from the period when the tribal societies of … Continue reading

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Ben Gurion airport exhibition includes Qeiyafa ostracon

Air passengers in Israel will now walk by an exhibition that includes what may be the oldest existing Hebrew inscription, the Khirbet Qeiyafa ostracon. A year-long exhibit on Science in Israel has opened at Ben Gurion airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv. This … Continue reading

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1st Temple Period seal belonging to woman found in Jerusalem.

Archaeologists announced the discovery of a woman’s seal dating to the period before Babylon’s destruction of the Kingdom of Judah. The find came from the long-running Giv’ati parking lot excavation in the City of David. The woman’s name on the seal is … Continue reading

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Israel in Archaeology: The Merneptah Inscription

The Merneptah Stele is a hieroglyphic inscription on stone that attests to Israel’s presence in Canaan in the late-1200’s BC, during the biblical period of the Judges. The inscription was made by Pharaoh Merneptah who reigned over Egypt from ca. 1213 … Continue reading

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