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Canaanite name found inscribed on 3,000-year-old jar

The Canaanite name Eshba’al Ben Bada’ has been found inscibed into a 3,000-year-old jar. Intensive restoration work conducted in the laboratories of the Israel Antiquities Authority Artifacts Treatment Department, during which hundreds of pottery sherds were glued together to form a whole jar, solved the riddle – the jar was incised

1,500-year-old Papyrus referring to Last Supper found

An ancient piece of papyrus, thought to be the first ever found to refer to the Last Supper, has been found by a researcher looking through the vaults of a library at the University of Manchester. On one side, it has a combination of biblical passages from the books of Psalms

Silver earrings found in Israel

A ball of silver, made up of five hoop earrings and silver ingots, has been found in the biblical city of Abel Beth Maacah in Israel. Found to the north of a massive structure that may be a tower, the jug and its treasure appear to date back to about 3,200

Translated cuneiform tablet reveals Noah’s Ark story

3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet has been translated that tells a version of the story of Noah's Ark. While every child's toy and biblical illustration – and the latest film version, due for release later this month and starring Russell Crowe as Noah – shows a big pointy-ended wooden boat, the Babylonian tablet

1,200-year-old Egyptian text describes shape-shifting Jesus

A newly deciphered Egyptian text which dates back 1,200 years says that Judas kissed Jesus on the cheek to identify him because he was always changing shape. Written in the Coptic language, the ancient text tells of Pontius Pilate, the judge who authorized Jesus' crucifixion, having dinner with Jesus before his

First possible evidence of Biblical Samson found near Jerusalem

A tiny seal showing a large animal with a feline tail attacking a human being may be the first archaeological evidence of Samson, the super-strong long-haired slayer of the Philistines from the Bible. The seal was discovered at a level of excavation that dates it to roughly the 11th century BC,

Researchers examine John the Baptist’s bones

Researchers in Bulgaria are examining a collection of bones which are said to have belonged to John the Baptist. There's no way to be sure, of course, as there are no confirmed pieces of John the Baptist to compare to the fragments of bone. But the sarcophagus holding the bones was

Oldest evidence of the name Bethlehem found on ancient seal

A 2,700-year-old seal bearing the inscription "Bethlehem" is the oldest artifact yet found with the name of Jesus' birthplace. Experts state the tiny clay seal's existence and age provide vivid evidence that Bethlehem was not just the name of a fabled biblical town, but also a bustling place of trade linked