Biblical History

Why Herod the Great Was Not So Great

With the Olympic games of 2016 still fresh in my memory, I was surprised to learn recently that just before the time of Jesus, Herod the Great rescued the Olympic games and made sure...

Lincoln’s Life Masks

Abraham Lincoln had two "life masks" created--one in 1860 before the Civil War began and the other in 1865, when the war was ending. The masks were made to preserve what he really...

Mary Magdalene’s Giant Leap

Hanging in our basement, next to a Lego model of the Apollo 11 lunar lander, is the front page of a Chicago Tribune, dated July 21, 1969. The headline: “GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND.” Last year,...

From God’s Restaurant to Mars Hill

The sky was as blue as the Aegean Sea when my wife and I left our hotel and hiked off to visit the Parthenon, the ancient ruins of a temple that has stood at...

The Philistines! A Major New Find Announced

I like the way that NPR begins its report on a major new archaeological discovery: "There's no denying the Philistines have taken some guff over the past, well, thousands of years. After all, they're one...

The Jerusalem Model: Legoland for Bible Geeks

  “It’s even better than Legoland,” said actor Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame in the PBS show, Jesus: Countdown to Calvary. Bonneville made the comment while viewing a massive model depicting what the city...

Dead Sea Walking

Walking into the Dead Sea is like trying to walk across a polished floor in roller skates. When I arrived at the Dead Sea in Israel this past March, I figured I would simply stroll...

VeggieTales, the Bunny Song, and King Nebuchadnezzar

You may recall the classic VeggieTales video, Rack, Shack, and Benny, where the scheming zucchini, Nezzer, sings the infamous “Bunny Song.” Who can forget the lyrics, which talked about not wanting healthy food and...

At the Gates of Hades

We had just stepped off of the bus at the Dan archaeological site in northern Israel when our guide told us to quickly turn around. So our tour group hustled back onto the bus...

It’s Not Easy Being Big

The life of a giant is no piece of cake. I recently listened to a book about the making of the classic movie, The Princess Bride, which featured a humongous actor known as André the...