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Did Vultures Feast on Flesh at Rogem Hiri?

The megalithic complex of Rogem Hiri in the Golan has long puzzled archaeologists. Rami Arav argues that Rogem Hiri was a special type of sanctuary, built specifically for the purpose of ritual excarnation–that is, purposefully exposing the bodies of the dead to vultures and other birds of prey.

Why Christianity and Judaism Parted Ways

Christianity and Rabbinic Judaismpresents the first six centuries in the development of both religions in one understandable and engaging volume. This unprecedented book takes readers from the middle of the first century–when a distinction between Judaism and Christianity first became apparent–to the Arab conquest in the seventh century C.E.

Why Did the Israelites Sacrifice Animals?

While ancient sacrifice in Israel was common practice, it wasn’t original to the Hebrews. Indeed, as argued by William Hallo, the most convincing evidence of the practice of ritual sacrifice comes from the much older Mesopotamian civilization.

Step into the World of the Bible

This January 13-15, 2012, BAS is teaming up with the American Schools of Oriental Research, the world’s preeminent professional organization of Biblical and Near Eastern archaeologists, to provide you with an amazing opportunity to learn about the Biblical past.

Did God Come from Arabia?

In our free eBook, Frank Moore Cross: Conversations with a Bible Scholar, learn why Cross believes the mountain of the Israelite God Yahweh is to be found not in Sinai, but in the desert lands of northwestern Arabia.

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Preserving the Tree of Life Mosaic from Jericho

In order to preserve the famous “tree of life” mosaic covering the floor of an eighth-century C.E. Jericho palace, heritage officials are building a unique shelter that will both the protect the mosaics and keep them accessible to tourists.

New Location Proposed for Jerusalem’s King’s Garden

A new study of ancient Jerusalem’s topography suggests that the Biblical “King’s Garden” is located along the route of Emek Refaim, one of modern Jerusalem‘s trendiest streets.

Israel’s National Library Displays Early Islamic Texts

Israel’s National Library is displaying rare Islamic manuscripts from their collection, including two early Qurans from the ninth century C.E., just 200 years after the first Quran was written.

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