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Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1993


Special Section

Dead Sea Scrolls Research Council: Fragments

Lawsuit Diary

By Hershel Shanks

I. A Cold Boston Night It is after 8 at night. I am sitting in the reception area of a Boston law firm. The attorneys are still arguing in a conference room. I have been here with our Israeli attorney, Dov Frimer, since 10 in the morning...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls Research Council: Fragments

Women Scholars Shine

The Dead Sea Scrolls—Forty Years of Research Edited by Devorah Dimant and Uriel Rappaport (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1992) 370 pp., 180 Dutch guilders ($102.86) This book publishes papers read at a 1988 Dead Sea Scroll conference at the University of Haifa and...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls Research Council: Fragments

Bits & Pieces

Qimron Threatens More Scholars Elisha Qimron, of Ben-Gurion University, has threatened to sue two American scholars if they publish the Dead Sea Scroll known as MMT using some of Qimron’s reconstructions. Qimron has already sued the Biblical Archaeology Society, Hershel Shanks, Robert Eisenman and James Robinson because...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls Research Council: Fragments

News Flash!

Qimron Is Author of MMT Reconstruction, Jerusalem Court Holds As we go to press with this issue, Judge Dalia Dorner of the Jerusalem District Court has ruled that for copyright purposes Professor Elisha Qimron of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is the author of the 120-line MMT...Read more ›


Ephesus: Key to a Vision in Revelation

By Steven Friesen

A careful study of the archaeology of Ephesus will, I believe, deepen our understanding of one of the visions in the Revelation of John, perhaps the most difficult book of the New Testament. The last book of the New Testament canon, Revelation records the...Read more ›

Uncovering Herod’s Seaside Palace

By Barbara BurrellKathryn L. GleasonEhud Netzer

The great port city of Caesarea was born out of the genius of one man: Herod the Great (c. 73–4 B.C.E.). This Idumean politician, with the support of the rulers at Rome, rose to become king of Judea. On the site of a dilapidated town, he built...Read more ›

Where Is David’s Ziklag?

By Volkmar Fritz

David, while fleeing from King Saul, joined the Philistines, ancient Israel’s bitter enemies. With 600 men (and their families), David presented himself to Achish, king of the Philistine city of Gath, and asked for asylum. Achish gave David the town of Ziklag, and David lived there a...Read more ›

The Qumran Settlement—Monastery, Villa or Fortress?

By Hershel Shanks

Not long after archaeologists confirmed the location of the cave where Bedouin shepherds had found the first of the Dead Sea Scrolls, an archaeological expedition was organized to excavate the nearby site known as Khirbet Qumran, the ruins of Qumran. Directed by a Dominican father, Roland de...Read more ›