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Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1994


Special Section


Potter’s Field or High Priest’s Tomb?

By Leen RitmeyerKathleen Ritmeyer

About a half mile south of the Old City of Jerusalem—at the southeast end of the Hinnom Valley, near where it joins the Kidron Valley east of the city—is one of the most impressive, important, yet largely unknown archaeological sites in the Holy Land...Read more ›


Resting Place of the Rich and Famous

By Gideon AvniZvi Greenhut

Plunderers, probably in ancient times, looted the Akeldama tombs described in the previous article. Not a single artifact remained when archaeologists entered those tombs: Only the chambers themselves, with their decorative elements, survived. In 1989, however, we discovered three cave tombs in Akeldama that...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls

MMT as the Maltese Falcon

By Hershel Shanks

Qumran Cave 4-V: Miqsat Ma’ase Ha-Torah. Discoveries in the Judaean Desert X Elisha Qimron and John Strugnell, in consultation with Ya’akov Sussman and with contributions by Ya’akov Sussman and Ada Yardeni (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994) 235 pp., 8 photographic plates,...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls

Paul, “Works of the Law” and MMT

By Martin Abegg, Jr.

The usual translation of Miqsat Ma‘ase Ha-Torah—MMT—obscures its relationship to Paul’s letters. This Dead Sea Scroll and Paul use the very same phrase. On March 15, 1988, as part of my duties as the new graduate research assistant to Professor Ben Zion Wacholder, I climbed the three...Read more ›

Dead Sea Scrolls

For This You Waited 35 Years

MMT as reconstructed by Elisha Qimron and John Strugnell

i [The sixteenth (day) of it (i.e. the second month) is a Sabbath]. The twenty-third of it is a Sabbath. The thirtieth [of it is a Sabbath. The seventh of the third (month) is a Sabbath. The fourteenth of it is a Sabbath. The...Read more ›


The “House of David” and the House of the Deconstructionists

Davies is an amateur who “can safely be ignored”

By Anson F. Rainey

In response to Philip R. Davies’s brief article (“‘House of David’ Built on Sand,” BAR 20:04), a few observations are in order. Apart from the details of the Dan (and now the Mesha) inscriptions, there is a wider issue that concerns both Bible students and teachers. Davies...Read more ›

Revolution in Bible Study

Put a library at your fingertips

By Steve Hewitt

Imagine if you will a new super Bible. Once you open it, you can do marvelous in-depth study without opening any other book. Suppose you want to study Genesis 13, where Abram and Lot arrived at the plain of Jordan and Lot chose to...Read more ›