A respected Harvard professor was convinced of the authenticity of an ancient papyrus fragment in which Jesus seemingly asked his wife to spread the gospel. But then American journalist Ariel Sabar embarked on a dogged journey to uncover the truth
The Land of Israel has been a playground for archeologists seeking to uncover ancient ruins and artifacts since the mid-nineteenth century.
Israel’s archaeological digs mostly center on the excavation of sites mentioned in the Bible. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, remains of ancient settlements have also been excavated.
Archeology in the region expanded during the British Mandate period (1917 – 1948) and has increased with the founding of the modern state of Israel.
One of the most important discoveries has been that of the Dead Sea Scrolls, between 1947–1956, in caves in Qumran, near Jericho, which revealed some of the earliest copies of the books of the Bible.
Israel hosts a number of important Biblical and historic sites. Archeological digs have uncovered remains from the biblical cities of Hatzor, Megiddo, Be’er Sheva, Tiberias, Masada, and Herodian.
Archeological research in Israel has been used as an important tool to build up the modern state and has helped establish historical links between the Jewish people, the Bible and land of Israel.
Archeology in Israel involves the systematic investigation of all remains from the country’s past, from the prehistoric era to the end of Ottoman rule in Palestine.
Since Israel was historically situated at the crossroads between Africa and the East, and served as a land bridge between the prosperous cultures of the Fertile Crescent (now Iraq) and Egypt, archeological artifacts from some of history’s most important civilizations and developments have been found in the region.
In all, there are over 20,000 recognized antiquities sites in Israel, and the Israel Antiquities Authority is charged with ensuring the protection of these sites and in issuing licenses for the excavation.
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Researchers celebrate – and sample – the first fruit of palm trees germinated from ancient seeds from the Judean desert
Archaeological evidence of ancient earthquakes is shaky but here a ‘trench’ running though the palace at Tel Kabri turned out to be ground zero
After discovering a Crusader winery beneath their homes, residents of the Galilean town of Mi’ilya have now found mosaics and ruins of a Byzantine church, maybe even a monastery – whose stones the Crusaders raided centuries later to build a castle
Forensic analysis of texts found at Tel Arad shows at least 12 different authors, giving clues about literacy in ancient Judah and when the oldest books in the Bible were first written
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Israeli archaeologist says he found 3,000-year-old clay head depicting the biblical God of Israel. Colleagues respond the image doesn’t represent Yahweh, a deity and maybe not even a man
Ultra-Orthodox activists protest removal of skeletons, dismantling of 1,900-year-old graves – despite the fact they're probably not Jewish
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Ultra-Orthodox activists lay down on the ground to protect the graves with their bodies, but police removed them from the area
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The location of the ancient town of Bethsaida has been lost in the fog of time. Prof. Rami Arav proposes a leading candidate for the place where, according to the New Testament, Jesus performed miracles
Layered ash and grasses from 227,000 years to 35,000 years ago in Border Cave is reminiscent of potential early bed discovery in Israel’s Misliya Cave from 185,000 years ago
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As people settled down and stopped roaming, they might have burned the dead instead of burying them because of disease racking the area, an archaeologist suggests
All scroll fragments at the Museum of the Bible in Washington turn out to be fakes: Experts explain how we know the massive trove of scrolls held in Jerusalem is genuine
Floor tiles from house burnt down by the Babylonians 2,600 years ago yield data that could help better understand the erratic behavior of the planetary shield protecting us from cosmic radiation
The discovery in Dimona of a Nubian Levallois technique of tool manufacture, associated only with modern humans, supports the theory that humans left Africa via Saudi Arabia, then Jordan and Israel
Little remained of the 12th century site of war after centuries of construction. Now an archaeologist has deduced where the Arsuf battle should have taken place
Byzantine settlers in the Negev were making good coin by growing grapes and exporting booze around the world 1,500 years ago. Then came eruptions and the Justinian Plague
Discovered during works ahead of building a playground, the church or monastery is likely to join the first ancient church found in Kafr Kama – and be built over
Huge number of seal impressions and storage jar fragments typical of Kingdom of Judah found at the site, but why the whole thing was covered by a giant mound of stones remains a mystery
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