The Red Sea of Reeds

In the Hebrew, the words that our Bibles tend to render as “Red Sea” are yam suph. Yam means “sea.” No problem there. But suph is a little trickier….

When Did We Lose the Ark?

We don’t know much about when or how the Ark of the Covenant disappeared, but we do know that it was never inside Ezra’s second Temple.


Armageddon means the “end of the world” to most of us today, thanks to popular culture. But that definition isn’t quite accurate.

Esau’s Lost “Death-right”

According to Jewish tradition, Esau’s frustration with Jacob did not end in Genesis 33; he challenged the sale of his birthright as Jacob’s body was being interred in the Cave of Machpelah with his parents’.

Leveling Temples and Tels in Gaza

Today Gaza is rich in archaeological artifacts but poor in livable space, so the city leaders and developers continue to level tels in favor of new construction.

Where “Indiana Jones” Gets Archaeology Wrong

When you imagine an archaeological site, do you see white tents, pith helmets, and sand dunes? Is the dig director a middle-aged man with a thick British accent, bossing around his local workers and charging into newly opened tombs with abandon? That image isn’t too far from the truth of the late-19th- and early-20th-century excavations […]

Exploring Mary’s Magdala

Once excavation and restoration are complete, Magdala will be a dazzling example of maritime society in the ancient world.

Knights of Acre

During the Crusades, both the Templars and Hospitallers were warriors, but their spiritual fathers and daily activities put them in fierce opposition with each other.

Copper Finds a Manger

Copper the basset hound travels the world with his friend, Amanda, while she digs on archaeological sites. On this trip to Bethlehem, the ancient city where Jesus was born, this adventurous dog follows his nose to an ancient stone manger. There he meets a new friend who tells him all about life in first-century Judaea and the night a special baby was born in the house Amanda’s excavating.

This book features

  • a Page for Parents that explains the historical facts behind the story,
  • grades 1-3 reading level,
  • 34 pages of edge-to-edge full-color illustrations, and
  • durable heavyweight pages with a glued binding (no staples!).

Join Copper as he learns the history of the first Christmas!