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Were the Magi’s Gifts Tribute or Treatment?

The gifts of the magi–gold, frankincense and myrrh–may have had symbolic as well as practical value. Researchers believe the medicinal uses of frankincense were known to the author of Matthew’s gospel.

Discover Where Jesus Walked

In our best-selling DVD documentary Where Jesus Walked, you’ll travel with BAR editor Hershel Shanks as he visits Nazareth, Galilee, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Qumran, Sepphoris and Jerusalem to view important sites from the time of Jesus.

What Did Jesus Really Look Like?

Jesus may be one of the best known and most talked-about people of ancient history. But do scholars know anything about what Jesus actually looked like?

Explore the Archaeology of Jesus at the ASOR/BAS Seminar on Biblical Archaeology

This January 13-15 at the ASOR/BAS Seminar on Biblical Archaeology, renowned New Testament archaeologist James Strange will reveal new archaeological discoveries in Jerusalem and the Galilee that are changing the way we understand Jesus’ life and times.

Learn about the first Christmas with our free eBook

In our free eBook The First Christmas: The Story of Jesus’ Birth in History and Tradition, you’ll read fascinating articles by expert Bible scholars that offer glimpses of the first Christmas as recounted and understood by those who first told the beloved story.


Saudi Arabia’s Mysterious “Stonehenge”

Archaeologists working in Saudi Arabia continue to puzzle over the meaning of more than 50 groups of oddly arranged standing stones, the most famous of which are found at the site of al-Rajajil.

Rare Cuneiform Inscription Found in Malta

Archaeologists excavating an ancient sanctuary on the small, central Mediterranean island of Malta have discovered an agate stone inscribed with 13th-century B.C.E. cuneiform script.

Egyptian Violence Claims “Irreplaceable” Manuscript Collection

As violent clashes erupted in Cairo this week, a 213-year-old library was set ablaze, destroying thousands of rare maps and books, including an original copy of the famousDescription de l’Egypte.

First Christmas Gift Doomed, Study Says

Frankincense, the fragrant and aromatic resin that was one of the three famous gifts of the magi in the traditional Christmas story, could soon be no more.


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