THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH [Text, Translation, & Tablets]

Depiction of Anzu pursued by Ninurta, palace relief, Nineveh

Epic Tablets The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest stories, not just in the setting of the narrative but also in the fact that there are tablets of this story that reach back to the times of Abraham. In comparison, the oldest pieces of the Old Testament that have been discovered are the … Read more

Who is Ishtar in the Bible? [A Comprehensive Study]

The marriage of Inanna and Dumuzid

WHO IS ISHTAR? In Christian circles it is believed that Easter was named after Ishtar and that the celebration with bunnies and eggs is all about the cult worship of her as a fertility goddess. However, this is false. Ishtar has nothing to do with bunnies or eggs. To read more on this issue then … Read more

Top 10 Discoveries of Old Testament Biblical Archaeology

Cyrus Cylinder Display

10. THE CYRUS CYLINDER Date of Artifact: 6th century BCE Location of Creation: Persia Date of Finding: 1879 Location Found: Iraq Biblical passages related: Isaiah 44:28 | Ezra 1:1-4 | 2 Chronicles | 36:22-23 | Ezra 6:4-5 | Daniel 10:1 | Daniel 6:28 The Cyrus Cylinder dates from the 6th century BCE and was discovered … Read more

Origins of Easter [Where does Easter really come from?]

happy-easter-jesus-resurrection

    If you ever wondered what bunnies and eggs have to do with Easter then you are not alone. Many have tried to connect Easter to various spring time celebrations and fertility festivals that have appeared in various cultures. The most popular Easter myth is that it stems from the festival dedicated to the … Read more

Biblical Archaeology: The Banquet Stela of Ashurnasirpal II

Ashurnasirpal II

Who is Ashurnasirpal II? Ashurnasirpal II was an Assyrian king who reigned from 883-859 BCE. He succeeded his father, Tukulti-Ninurta II, in 883 BCE. Ashurnasirpal was known as a great builder and is well known for rebuilding post-war cities and the new capital city, Kalhu. He made gigantic reliefs and carvings in all the new palaces and buildings … Read more

Why Is Moses Pictured With Horns?

Brigstocke, Thomas, 1809-1881; Moses with His Arms Supported by Aaron and Hur

If you’ve been a fan of biblical art or art history then you have probably seen some strange images or statues of biblical characters with horns on their heads. If you have not, here are some examples. Why Moses Has Horns Let me first state that there is no reason to believe that Moses had … Read more