Balaam Inscriptions from Deir ʿAlla

In 1967, a Dutch expedition under the archaeologist H. Franken, after several seasons of excavations, discovered inscriptions on plaster at Tell Deir ʿAlla, a site located about eight kilometers east of the Jordan, not far from the northern bank of the Yabbok/Zerqa river, which flows into the Jordan. The discovery was made in a stratum …

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Impression of King Hezekiah’s royal seal discovered

Impression of King Hezekiah's royal seal discovered Ophel excavations south of Temple Mount in Jerusalem The Ophel excavations at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, conducted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute of Archaeology under the direction of Dr. Eilat Mazar, have unearthed an impression of the royal seal of …

Most ancient Hebrew biblical inscription deciphered

Most ancient Hebrew biblical inscription deciphered Prof. Galil's deciphering of the ancient writing testifies to its being Hebrew, based on the use of verbs particular to the Hebrew language, and content specific to Hebrew culture and not adopted by any other cultures in the region. "This text is a social statement, relating to slaves, widows …

First century home found in Nazareth

Residential building from the time of Jesus exposed in Nazareth According to Yardenna Alexandre, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, "The discovery is of the utmost importance since it reveals for the very first time a house from the Jewish village of Nazareth and thereby sheds light on the way of life …

Second Temple Synagogue Found

Remains of Jesus-era synagogue found in Israel - A synagogue that was built some time between 50 BC and 100 AD has been found at Migdal.  The article notes that Jesus may have preached in this synagogue since it is located near the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus frequently ministered.  Barring a new find, there …