Archaeology Odyssey, September/October 2002



Archaeology Odyssey’s 10 Most Endangered Sites

Any choice of the “10 Most Endangered Sites” is, at most, a kind of informed arbitrariness. Although all of the sites on our list are archaeologically important and in imminent danger, some have more value than others and some face greater threats. Our ranking takes both factors...Read more ›


How Moses Shapira forged an entire civilization

By Hershel Shanks

Moses Wilhelm Shapira is best known for the so-called Shapira Strips, narrow fragments of supposedly ancient parchment on which were inscribed a somewhat different version of the Ten Commandments from Deuteronomy than is known from the Bible. Said to have been found in the cliffs east of...Read more ›

“My Blood of the Covenant”

What did the apostles drink at the last supper?

By Nicholas K. RauhElizabeth Lyding Will

In Jerusalem around 30 C.E., an itinerant Jewish rabbi named Jesus lifted a cup of wine, passed it to his disciples and said: This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I tell you, I will never again...Read more ›



Libraries in the Ancient World

Reviewed by J. Harold Ellens