Jeffrey Zorn Ancient Storage Bins

Bin There, Done That: Storage Bins at Tell en-Nasbeh and the Role of the State

At the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, Jeffrey Zorn of Cornell University presented his paper, “Bin There, Done That: Storage Bins at Tell en-Nasbeh and the Role of the State,” during the Archaeology of […]

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FOA Podcast, “A Look Inside BASOR,” Featuring Professors Rollston and Cline

In this episode of the Friends of ASOR podcast, we go behind the scenes for an inside look at the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (BASOR). We’re talking with […]


Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals

During my stay, I continued to work on the preparation of critical editions and studies of Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals. But I should preface my report on this work […]


The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition – Toward a New and Improved Version

Textual criticism — the comparison of ancient texts of the Hebrew Bible — has been revitalized by the riches of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The latest outcome is a new project that will construct an improved edition of the Hebrew Bible. […]


David’s Jerusalem

By: Daniel Pioske In a letter sent to Charlemagne sometime just prior to 800 CE, Alcuin of York praised his “David,” as Charlemagne wished to be called later in life, for the benevolence with which he “ruled and governed” over Jerusalem.   In truth, Charlemagne’s influence in Jerusalem was restricted to sponsorship of a few […]

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“The Legacies of Herod the Great,” featuring Professor Barbara Burrell

Near Eastern Archaeology, Volume 77, Issue 2 was a special issue focusing on Herod the Great. Herod has been described in many ways, from the greatest builder in Jewish history, to the slaughterer of innocents. University of Cincinnati professor, Barbara Burrell a call


Roast and Toast of Retiring Albright Director, Sy Gitin [Video]

At the 2013 ASOR Annual Meeting, we gathered to celebrate the career of Sy Gitin. Sy became director of the Albright Institute (formerly) […]


Friends of ASOR Podcast: “State of Biblical Archaeology,” Featuring Professor Richard Friedman

Welcome back to another Friend’s of ASOR podcast. In this episode ASOR’s own Ancient Near East Today editor, Alex Joffe spoke with Richard E. Friedman, author and University of Georgia professor, about the state of biblical archaeology and the study of the humanities. Richard Elliott Friedman, is the Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish […]

Samaritan family sharing Passover sacrifice, ca. 1900-1920, Matson Collection, Library of Congress.

Jesus’s Passover

By: Dr. James F. Strange, University of South Florida Professor  Passover in Exodus 12-13 was a family ritual, but in Jesus’s day it had developed into a national pilgrimage holiday centered in Jerusalem. Practices that were found at first in the family had become more institutionalized in Jesus’s day, with priests managing thousands of sacrifices in […]

Ossuary of the high priest Joseph Caiaphas, Israel Museum.

Passover as Jesus Knew it

By: Helen K Bond Jerusalem in the 30s CE was in a frequent state of heightened political and religious tension, no time more so than at the great religious festivals. Passover was particularly hazardous, with tens of thousands of pilgrims flocking to the holy city not only from Palestine but from all over the Jewish […]

Reconstructed Nazareth Village synagogue today.

Did Jesus Celebrate Passover in Sepphoris?

By: Dr. Eric M. Meyers Archaeologist and Duke University professor The question of whether Jesus celebrated Passover in Sepphoris is related to the larger question of why Sepphoris is not mentioned in the New Testament. As many of our readers must know, Sepphoris is only 5 kilometers from nearby Nazareth. When Sepphoris became the capital […]

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The Last Passover of Jesus

By: James H. Charlesworth George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary In the Spring, Passover is time for reflective celebration. The great festival is also time for joyous expectation, as humans relish in the return of warm sunshine and blooming […]

The women of Tel Abel Beth Maacah Area A in a cooperative moment.

The Female Marshalltown

By: Dr. Nava Panitz-Cohen, Co-director at Tel Abel Beth Maacah Hebrew University of Jerusalem My name is Nava Panitz-Cohen. I have my Ph.D. from  the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I have worked for some two and a half decades at field excavations such as Tel Miqne, Tel Batash, Tel Beth-Shean, […]

Despite the fact that Boer at the École Biblique was a student of Biblical Studies, he was expected to join de Vaux’s third expedition at Qumran from 20 to 27 March 1954, where he took this photograph.

The Leo Boer Archive and the Non-Professional Archaeological Photographs-project

By: Bart Wagemakers University of Applied Sciences Utrecht Introduction As an employee of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leyden, the Netherlands, I happened to meet the late Leo Boer on an ordinary day in 1999. It seems that Boer had studied for the priesthood at the Pontificial Biblical Institute at Rome in the mid-1950s. […]

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Introduction to Archaeology and the New Testament (Mandarin Language)

There are currently few resources available in the Mandarin language for the study of the archaeology of Israel/Palestine as it relates […]

Kenneth A. Ristau

Reconstructing Jerusalem: Persian Period Prophetic Perspectives

Kenneth A. Ristau, Pennsylvania State University Carol and Eric Meyers Doctoral Dissertation Fellow W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research In rare agreement, successive Greek, Jewish, and Roman writers, Hecataeus of Abdera, Aristeas, Philo, Josephus, and Pliny, extol Jerusalem as one of the great cities of the eastern Mediterranean world. Of the Herodian period, Martin Goodman […]



The following ASOR blog post derives from Jane Cahill West, one of several Jerusalem archaeologists making presentations at the fifth annual Archaeology Discovery Weekend at La Sierra University in Riverside, California on November 16-17. West is previewing her lecture on “Jerusalem in the Bronze and Iron Ages.” The entire program, co-sponsored by ASOR, can be […]


The Archaeology of World War I in Palestine and the Beginning of the Modern Middle East

By: Jeffrey A. Blakely Most Americans understand World War I in the Middle East through the epic 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. Who can forget Peter O’Toole’s vibrant blue eyes as he blew up trains on the Hejaz railroad in modern Saudi Arabia and Jordan? Since American forces were not involved in the Egyptian/Palestine front, […]


Remix: Hisham M’Farreh, Chef at the Albright Institute (1994-Present)

Recently, I was looking through some of this blog’s original posts to remove spam comments when I came across this article by the Albright Institute’s chef, Hisham M’Farreh. The included recipe looked easy to follow and delicious, so I decided to try it at home. Because this was an experiment, I made a half-batch and ended up […]


A Seminar on The History and Material Culture of Ottoman Palestine at the Kenyon Institute, Jerusalem

By: Micaela Sinibaldi On the 9th and 10th of February 2013 I had the great pleasure to organise a seminar entitled: The History and Material Culture of Ottoman Palestine at the Kenyon Institute in Jerusalem. The seminar consisted of a day of papers and a roundtable discussion at the Kenyon and a day of tours […]

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