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From 6,500-year-old DNA to the possible signature of the prophet Isaiah, Bible History Daily covered quite a range of topics in the last year! Below, check out our top 10 blog posts published in 2018 that received the most web traffic. Did your favorite post make the cut?
According to a recent DNA study, around 6,500 years ago, humans migrated from modern-day Turkey and the Zagros mountains of Iran to Israel’s Upper Galilee region, helping to introduce cultural changes in the southern Levant during the Late Chalcolithic period.
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The excavation under Rome’s Istituto Sacra Famiglia. Photo: © INRAP, Dist. Rmn-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY.
Because there was no concept of an afterlife in early Israelite religion, there was no concept of a heaven or ****. But following the exile and return from Babylon and the coming of the Greeks, Jewish literature suddenly began to contain references to heaven and ****.
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In 2002, a burst pipe caused a sinkhole to form in the basement of Rome’s Istituto Sacra Famiglia, revealing several hundred burials. What were these evidently non-Christian burials dating to the second century C.E. doing in the middle of one of Rome’s most important Christian catacombs?
Of the estimated 900 documents that comprise the Dead Sea Scrolls, two remain unpublished—until now. Scholars Eshbal Ratson and Jonathan Ben-Dov recently deciphered one of the last two remaining Dead Sea Scrolls. Written in code, the scroll describes a 364-day calendar used by the Qumran community that lived in the Judean Desert.
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#6. Was Pontius Pilate’s Ring Discovered at Herodium?
A ring discovered in 1969 at Herodium has finally been analyzed. It bears a Greek inscription reading “PILATO”—is this a reference to Pontius Pilate? Under what circumstance would Pilate (or anyone else for that matter) inscribe a ring with the name PILATO?
Song - Songs - Book - Lamentations - Ecclesiastes
Along with the Song of Songs, the Book of Lamentations, Ecclesiastes,...
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