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Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 1988


Special Section

1988 Excavation Opportunities

Picking a Site

No picture can do justice to the grand view from Mt. Ebal, the highest summit in northern Samaria. No text can set the pulse racing the way the discovery of a new destruction layer can. And no scholarly argument alone can be as convincing as seeing a...Read more ›

1988 Excavation Opportunities


Ashkelon The Bible frequently mentions the Philistine port city of Ashkelon. Samson went there in a rage and killed 30 men (Judges 14:19); David referred to Ashkelon in his poignant elegy for Saul and Jonathan, when he learned they had been slain by the...Read more ›

1988 Excavation Opportunities

Prize Find: Mosaic Masterpiece Dazzles Sepphoris Volunteers

On the final few days of last season’s dig at Sepphoris in the Galilee, the fortunate volunteers who stayed to the end exposed a 23- by 40-foot area of a huge mosaic floor. The floor dates to the third century A.D., according to the archaeologists. Set in...Read more ›

1988 Excavation Opportunities

Hands On: No Grid Lock at Ashkelon—The View from the Square

By Nicole Prevost Logan

It’s not glamorous being a square supervisor at a dig. It’s rather like being a sergeant on the front line, directing your “privates”—the volunteers, who pick, shovel and carry—while the “officers”—the dig director, the associate director and the grid supervisors—analyze and plan strategy. But you’re right there...Read more ›


Jacob in History

By Aharon Kempinski

This is a story about Jacob, but it must be told the long way around. The reader must trust me to get there eventually. And I think the reader will find the route itself interesting. In the third century B.C. there...Read more ›

Two Early Israelite Cult Sites Now Questioned

By Hershel Shanks

In recent years, two early Israelite cult sites have been discovered. The first is referred to as the “Bull Site” because archaeologists were led to it by the accidental discovery there of a cultic bronze statuette of a bull.a The second early Israelite cult site encloses the...Read more ›

Archaeology and the Biblical Text

By Fredric R. Brandfon

Archaeological evidence is, unfortunately, fragmentary, and therefore limited. This has always been true, but in recent decades this simple truth has impressed itself more forcefully on archaeologists working in the field and, consequently, on historians. Typical archaeological finds such as pottery sherds, modest mud houses and simple...Read more ›

Why Is a Bilbil Called a Bilbil?

By Victor Goodside

Why is a certain kind of pot that is frequently found in excavations in Israel called a “bilbil”? The problem is not earth-shaking, even if archaeological. But, then again, like the apple that fell to the ground, it requires a solution. I have seen several pots labeled...Read more ›