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Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1986



New Evidence May Explain Image on Shroud of Turin

Chemical tests link shroud to Jerusalem

By Joseph A. KohlbeckEugenia L. Nitowski

Even the skeptics have been unable to explain how the image on the Shroud of Turin was created. Moreover, modern science deepens, rather than allays, the mystery. If we knew less, we could assume more; we could suppose a host of easy answers—like painting...Read more ›

BAR Interviews Avraham Eitan

Antiquities director confronts problems and controversies

By Hershel Shanks

Hershel Shanks: Avi, I’m especially appreciative of this interview because over the years we’ve disagreed about many things, but we’ve remained friends, and we’ve always been able to talk about our differences. And that’s a very gratifying thing. You haven’t liked everything that’s appeared in BAR. But...Read more ›

Solomon’s Negev Defense Line Contained Three Fewer Fortresses

By Rudolph Cohen

In the May/June 1985 BAR,a I reported on a large number of Iron Age fortresses in the central Negev desert. I argued that these fortresses (more than 40), formed Solomon’s defense line on the south. Together with their associated settlements, they revealed a uniform fortification effort involving...Read more ›


Books in Brief

Reviewed by James F. StrangeNeil Asher SilbermanRobert A. WildKeith N. SchovilleJohn J. Collins