The Museum of Stone Tools is a newly opened virtual museum featuring 3D models of stool tools from ancient to modern times.
The Codex Sassoon, one of the oldest complete Hebrew Bibles in existence, was sold by Sotheby’s for $38.1 million. The codex was purchased by the American Friends of ANU – Museum of the Jewish People (formerly Museum of the Jewish Diaspora) and will be donated to the Tel Aviv museum.
“The Sackler Library has been renamed the Bodleian Art, Archaeology and Ancient World Library following the removal of the Sackler name from various parts of the University of Oxford.”
The Chester Beatty Library is hosting a virtual tour of its First Fragments: Biblical Papyrus from Roman Egypt exhibition. The exhibition catalog is available here (€15). Available as open access: The Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri at Ninety: Literature, Papyrology, Ethics, edited by Garrick Vernon Allen, Usama Ali Mohamed Gad, Kelsie Gayle Rodenbiker, Anthony Philip Royle, and Jill Unkel (De Gruyter, $143; free pdf).
The Met has changed its approach to items that entered its collection illegally.
The site onomasticon.net has been updated to include newly published personal names from the Iron Age II southern Levant.
The Bible & Archaeology Fest XXVI will be both in person in San Antonio and livestream.
New release: The Ancient World Goes Digital: Case Studies on Archaeology, Texts, Online Publishing, Digital Archiving, and Preservation, edited by Vanessa Bigot Juloux, Alessandro Di Ludovico, and Sveta Matskevich (Brill, $198).
“Yale introduces LUX, a groundbreaking custom search tool for exploring the university’s unparalleled holdings of artistic, cultural, and scientific objects.”
Mark Hoffman compares ChatGPT with BibleMate.org, an alternative whose “mission is to provide biblically accurate answers and guide users on their faith journey. It’s about ensuring AI doesn’t just offer information but contributes meaningfully to spiritual growth.”
HT: Agade, Joseph Lauer, Arne Halbakken, Ted Weis, Stephanie Durruty, Wayne Stiles, Alexander Schick, Gordon Franz, Explorator
With the restrictive hours at Arbel making it very difficult to descend the famous cliffs, you might prefer an alternate trail that begins at the Arbel synagogue and passes through the Valley of the Doves. No time restrictions on this hike (marked green on the 1:50k map).