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Biblical Archaeology Review, June 1976



A Futile Quest: The Search for Noah's Ark

By William H. Stiebing Jr.

A recent Readers’ Digest article which suggests that the remains of Noah’s Ark may yet be found atop Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey has rekindled enormous interest in the quest.1 Several individuals and groups have explored Mt. Ararat during the past thirty years, but, as we shall...Read more ›

"Put Your Hand Under My Thigh"—The Patriarchal Oath

By R. David Freedman

In Genesis 24:2–9 Abraham has his servant Eliezer put his hand under the Patriarch’s thigh to swear “by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth” that the servant will not arrange a marriage for Abraham’s son Isaac with a Canaanite woman. Similarly, in...Read more ›

The Kibbutz Sasa Kernos

A picture of the kernos found at Kibbutz Sasa and briefly described in our December, 1975 issue (“Two Cases of Discrimination,” BAR 01:04) has now been released to The Biblical Archaeology Review by the Israel Antiquities Department. A kernos (plural: kernoi) is a hollow pottery ring usually...Read more ›

Clothes Maketh the Man—An Insight from Ancient Ugarit

By Stan Rummel

King Saul had his problems with young David, but this did not prevent an unusually close relationship from developing between David and Saul’s son Jonathan. Indeed, the Bible reports that Jonathan “made a covenant with David, because he loved him as dearly as himself. Jonathan stripped off...Read more ›

Hezekiah's Tunnel Re-Opens

A tunnel 1750 feet long constructed by King Hezekiah to protect the water supply of Jerusalem from the Assyrians during Sennacherib’s siege of 701 B.C. has recently re-opened. The remarkable tunnel which winds its way under the City of David in a large S-shaped curve was closed...Read more ›

A Life of Albright

By Hershel Shanks

Leona Running has written an adoring biography of the dean of Biblical archaeologists, William Foxwell Albright.a Now Professor of Biblical Languages at Andrews University, Dr. Running served as secretary and assistant to the great American archaeologist during the last years of his life. The book, as she...Read more ›

Archaeology as a Love Affair

By Paul W. Lapp

Archaeology is a love affair between an archaeologist and an ancient ruin. The ruin heap may be a shipwrecked galleon, an isolated stone circle in a vast desert, or the fallen walls of a fortress still uncovered by the sands of time. There are some 5,000 ruin...Read more ›

Ancient Royal Library Found

A newly discovered ancient library which scholars say will rival the famous collections from Mari, Nuzi and Amarna has been found in northern Syria at the site of Tell Mardikh (modern Ebla). More than 15,000 clay tablets written about 4500 years ago in cuneiform characters were excavated...Read more ›

Papyrus Manufacture Once Again a Monopoly in Egypt

By Ray Vicker

Hassan el Sayyid Ragab, an electrical engineer and former diplomat, is one of the world’s more exotic entrepreneurs. His factory is a houseboat on the Nile in the shadow of the Cairo Sheraton Hotel. On board the houseboat stands a row of bathtubs full of water with...Read more ›

How the Septuagint Differs

In a fascinating article, Pere Pierre Benoit of the École Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem, raises anew the question whether the Septuagint translation of the Bible is divinely inspired. Whether or not one agrees with Pere Benoit that it is, his careful discussion of some differences...Read more ›

Danaans and Danites—Were the Hebrews Greek?

Cyrus Gordon—the brilliant, maverick scholar—has spent a significant part of his professional life searching for connections between the early Greeks and Hebrews. His most popular effort in this area is a book entitled The Common Background of Greek and Hebrew Civilizations (New York: Norton, 1966). Long a...Read more ›