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Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 1991


Special Section

Dead Sea Scrolls Update

VanderKam Reneges

By Hershel Shanks

In the high stakes world of Dead Sea Scroll texts, things are not always what they seem. Take Professor James C. VanderKam’s offer to let anyone see the unpublished texts of Jubilees recently assigned to him for publication. When he told BAR that he would let “anyone”...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls Update

A Hint of Hope

Photographs of all of the Dead Sea Scrolls, both published and unpublished, have been deposited for safekeeping with the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center in Claremont, California. The Center is forbidden by contract, however, from allowing anyone to see these negatives except with the permission of the scroll...Read more ›

1991 Excavation Opportunities

Guide to Sites

Replace the deerstalker cap with a wide-brim hat; substitute a tee-shirt and shorts for the cloak; fill the air with dust and scorching sunlight instead of fog and damp darkness; and exchange the magnifying glass for a pick, a brush and a sieve. The result is a...Read more ›

1991 Excavation Opportunities

From the Director’s Chair: Starting a New Dig

By Kenneth G. Holum

Does a dig director look at an archaeological excavation differently than a volunteer? I have been both, so I am in an excellent position to answer the question. The answer is, well, yes and no. Last summer Avner Raban of the University of Haifa’s...Read more ›


High Art from the Time of Abraham

Was this the lost continent of Atlantis? Did a volcano part the Red Sea?

By Christos G. Doumas

BAR readers may well wonder what a small volcanic island—now a cluster of islands—in the Aegean Sea has to do with Biblical archaeology. The answer is threefold. Most important, this article is about a high civilization that was destroyed about 1500 B.C. (or 1628 B.C., according to...Read more ›

Grisly Assyrian Record of Torture and Death

By Erika Bleibtreu

Assyrian national history, as it has been preserved for us in inscriptions and pictures, consists almost solely of military campaigns and battles. It is as gory and bloodcurdling a history as we know. Assyria emerged as a territorial state in the 14th century B.C. Its territory covered...Read more ›