Who Tells the Truth—the Bible or Archaeology?

Marek Dospěl   •  05/15/2017 Credibility of the Hebrew Bible as a source for ancient Israel’s history has been disputed since at least the mid-1970s, when the historicity of the patriarchs of Genesis suffered a serious blow in the works of Thomas L. Thompson and John Van Seters.1 Biblical scholars of the last 35 years …

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Akhenaten and Moses

Defying centuries of traditional worship of the Egyptian pantheon, Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten decreed during his reign in the mid-14th century B.C.E. that his subjects were to worship only one god: the sun-disk Aten. Akhenaten is sometimes called the world’s first monotheist. Did his monotheism later influence Moses—and the birth of Israelite monotheism? In “Did Akhenaten’s …

First Person: Misogyny in the Bible

Christopher Rollston is one of the world’s leading paleographers of ancient Near Eastern inscriptions. I have been harshly critical of some of his views, principally regarding unprovenanced inscriptions—inscriptions that have surfaced only from the antiquities market, not from a professional archaeological excavation. They may be forgeries, he argues. Although my criticism of Chris’s position is …

‘Invaders of Obscure Race?’ Understanding the Hyksos

By: Anna-Latifa Mourad From the time of the first pharaoh, ancient Egyptian civilization saw over a thousand years of unbroken development, with dynasty after dynasty of divine kings building pyramids and overseeing the growth of a rich culture. But after this ‘classical age’ of the Old Kingdom, toward the end of the third millennium BCE, …

Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle

Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle - Seeker https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/polyfill/addEventListener.js?v=asset2a65c5a3571a106904a2dbcac76e4c17 https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/polyfill/bind.js?v=assetb4b44e88256d517dc80092f1fddfdeb0 https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/polyfill/indexOf.js?v=assetf99e3210291abbbb9189e7e35109d117 https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/html5shiv/html5shiv.js BY ROSSELLA LORENZI An ancient network of roads that stretched over 150 miles has been discovered in the jungle of Guatemala, according to high-tech scanning carried out in the area. Used by the Maya for travel and transporting goods, the causeways …

The Parables of Jesus

Jesus’ parables were among the earliest of his sayings to be collected. One collection of parables formed the basis of the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Mark. The author of the Gospel of Matthew then used this Markan material and added more parables from other sources, thus assembling in a unified speech in chapter …