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Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 1992


Special Section

Dead Sea Scrolls Update

Preserve the Dead Sea Scrolls

By Hershel Shanks

The Dead Sea Scrolls have been liberated. The time has now come to preserve the Dead Sea Scrolls. Whether the scrolls received worse treatment during the 2,000 years they spent in the caves than they have since being taken out of the caves about 40 years ago...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls Update

The Dead Sea Scrolls Are Now Available to All!

On November 19, 1991, the Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review, published a two-volume set of photographs of the previously unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls. The source of the photographs was not disclosed. The volumes were prepared, with an introduction, by Professor Robert H. Eisenman of...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls Update

What the Monopolists Have Done Right

By Hershel Shanks

In what may seem like BAR’s unrelieved criticism of the Israel Antiquities Authority, its scroll advisory committee and the international team of Dead Sea Scroll editors, we may have neglected to emphasize what they have done right and done well. It is time to correct this omission...Read more ›


Gamla: Portrait of a Rebellion

By Danny Syon

Rarely do literary sources and archaeology supplement one another so beautifully as in the case of Gamla. This is all the more exciting because Gamla is immensely rich both historically and now, after 14 years of excavation, archaeologically.1 Long before the actual site was identified, Gamla was...Read more ›

1992 Excavation Opportunities: A Spirit of Discovery

In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but in 1992 you can embark on a historic journey of your very own. By joining a dig as a volunteer, you’ll be doing some things very differently than Columbus did—you’ll be heading for the Old World instead of the...Read more ›

Volunteer for Life: “Termite” Catches the Bug

By Theresa Wigginton

Gary “Termite” Lindstrom is a dig director’s dream. Lindstrom owns and operates a termite and pest control company in Oakland, California, and his profession requires him to inspect the dirt under buildings. But each June for the past 22 years, Gary has kissed his family goodbye and...Read more ›

Puzzling Public Buildings

Scholars struggle to interpret them

By John D. Currid

A barracks or a bazaar? Could it be a temple? Or maybe a stable? Perhaps a storehouse? These are some of the suggestions regarding the function of a very important type of building that appears at one Israelite site after another for nearly 500 years. Yet we...Read more ›

What We Should Do Next Time Great Manuscripts Are Discovered

By James M. Robinson

The mismanagement that has characterized the official publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls raises the question of how future manuscript discoveries should be handled—for future discoveries there surely will be. What can be done to assure that any new discoveries are not processed with the same chaotic...Read more ›