ContentBlocks 8 1 Ads Shiloh Standard copy

Research Topics

In a new study, published in Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, researchers compared the dimension of hundreds of storage jars from ancient Israel and Judah and discovered that the diameter of the inner rim remained constant.  This dimension was equivalent to the width of a man’s hand, and the authors have suggested it represents a handbreadth (tefah), the biblical unit of measure mentioned in Exodus 25:25 and 37:12.  Researchers performed 3D scans of over 300 Iron Age, including jars from Khirbet Qeiyafa (10th century BC), “hippo” jars from northern Israel (9th century BC), and Judahite storage jars (8th-7th centuries BC).  While the size and styles of the jars changed throughout the centuries, the diameter of the inner rim remained between 8.85 and 8.97 centimeters.  In their article, the authorize suggest the dimensions of the inner rim remained the same because it was natural for ancient potters to use their palms as the standard width for the openings. 


Research Categories


ABR fulfills its mission through memberships and generous donations from supporters.

Join us in our mission! No matter what your level of interest, from keeping abreast of the fascinating research that comes out of the field work, to actively participating in an archaeological dig, you can become an integral part of our ministry.

Please click here for our support page.


Phone: 717-859-3443

Toll Free:  800-430-0008

email: [email protected]

PO Box 144, Akron, PA 17501

Click here for our Privacy Policy


 f logo RGB Blue 114  spotify icon
 yt icon rgb  assets.amazonmusic
 Instagram Glyph Gradient  apple podcast bug

Site Maintained By: Louise Street Marketing Inc.

abrwebtemplate36 1/1/2021