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Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1993


Special Section

Dead Sea Scrolls Research Council: Fragments

An Open Letter to John Strugnell and Elisha Qimron

By Hershel Shanks

Dear Professor Strugnell and Professor Qimron, In some ways, you, who control access to the reconstructed text of MMT, are an odd couple—one an older, established scholar, the other a young, untenured teacher; one a professor of Christian origins from Harvard, the other a scholar of Hebrew...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls Research Council: Fragments

Tapping the Mother Lode

Qumran Cave 4: Palaeo-Hebrew and Greek Biblical Manuscripts (Discoveries in the Judaean Desert, Volume 9) Patrick W. Skehan, Eugene Ulrich and Judith E. Sanderson, with a contribution by P.J. Parsons (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992) 250 pp., 47 plates, $105.00 Qumran Cave 4 contained...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls Research Council: Fragments

Qimron Obtains Court Order Preventing BAR Editor from Leaving Israel

By Hershel Shanks

Halfway through my most recent trip to Israel, I received a call from our Israeli attorney: Professor Qimron had obtained a court order preventing me from leaving the country, he said. I was now a prisoner in Israel. The order was obtained without any notification of the...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls Research Council: Fragments

BAS Seminar Is Featured on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour

By Steven Feldman

Four participants in a Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) seminar on the Dead Sea Scrolls were interviewed in a MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour report this past spring. The four had attended a BAS seminar at Guilford College, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Also interviewed was BAR contributor James Tabor, a featured...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls Research Council: Fragments

The Shrine of the Book—Where Nothing Has Changed

By Hershel Shanks

Major developments in nearly every field related to the Dead Sea Scrolls have followed in the wake of their release. Research on the scrolls is burgeoning. Depositories of scroll photographs are doing their best to accommodate the needs of many scholars. The Israel Antiquities Authority is not...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls Research Council: Fragments

New Journal Planned

The avalanche of scholarly activity precipitated by the release of the Dead Sea Scrolls photographs continues unabated. The latest development is the announcement of a new journal, Dead Sea Discoveries: A Journal of Current Research on the Scrolls and Related Literature. Three issues per year, beginning in...Read more ›


Ancient Churches in the Holy Land

By Yoram Tsafrir

More ancient churches have been found in the Holy Land than in any area of comparable size in the world. About 330 different sites with ancient church remains have been identified in modern Israel, the West Bank and the Golan Heights east of the Sea of Galilee...Read more ›

The Philistines and the Dothans: An Archaeological Romance, Part 2

An interview with Moshe and Trude Dothan

By Hershel Shanks

In our previous issue (“The Philistines and the Dothans—An Archaeological Romance, Part 1,” BAR 19:04), archaeologists Moshe and Trude Dothan spoke with Hershel Shanks about their early years together, as were embarking on careers in archaeology and at the same time beginning a family They shared their...Read more ›

Capernaum: From Jesus’ Time and After

By John C. H. Laughlin

The Gospels record an incident in the life of Jesus that took place at Capernaum involving a Roman centurion and his sick slave (Luke 7:1–10; for slightly different versions, see Matthew 8:5–13 and John 4:46–53). In the Lukan...Read more ›

Herod’s Temple in East Anglia

By Kathleen Ritmeyer

There it is in the heart of the British countryside I of East Anglia: the largest, the most detailed and the most accurate model of Jerusalem’s Second Temple ever built. Breathtakingly beautiful, the model is difficult to equate with its surroundings—not a museum or an institution of...Read more ›