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Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 1995


Special Section

Excavation Opportunities 1995

Between a Rock and a High Place

“History is bunk,” said Henry Ford, who thought of the future, and only the future, as an unfolding adventure. But the past is equally rich in adventure. For the past is not only the great epic of human endeavor, but an ongoing drama that continues to reveal...Read more ›

Excavation Opportunities 1995

Prize Find: Priestly Blessing of a Voyage

Recovery of a harbor scene at Dor

By Ephraim Stern

Part of a Persian period pit produced a perplexing prize find. It was discovered at the end of our 13th season (1993) at Tel Dor.a Persian period pits (fifth-fourth century B.C.E.) are ubiquitous in Palestinian tells. Why, just at this time, it was so...Read more ›

Excavation Opportunities 1995

BAR Dig Scholarships

BAR is again offering travel scholarships to individuals who wish to volunteer on a dig. After receiving a record number of applications last year, we awarded four scholarships. Our winners were Pamela Francis, a master’s student at Loyola University in New Orleans; Susan Vida Grubisha, a graduate...Read more ›


The Honor Due Dead Sea Scroll Scholar Jozef Milik

By Hershel Shanks

It is time to honor Jozef Milik. A former Polish priest now living in Paris, Milik is an original member of the small Dead Sea Scroll publication team designated in the early 1950s. Called by Time magazine “the fastest man with a fragment,” Milik obtained from his...Read more ›

Did King Jehu Kill His Own Family?

New interpretation reconciles Biblical text with famous Assyrian inscription

By Tammi Schneider

One of the most dramatic finds ever made relating to the Bible is the famous Black Obelisk of the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III (ruled 858–824 B.C.E.), excavated by Austen Henry Layard at Nimrud in 1846 and now prominently displayed in the British Museum. The four-sided limestone monument...Read more ›

Sprucing Up for Jerusalem’s 3,000th Anniversary

By Hershel Shanks

Jerusalem will celebrate its 3,000th anniversary as the capital of Israel in 1996. The tri-millennium began with King David’s capture of the city from the Canaanite Jebusites, as recorded in the Bible (2 Samuel 5:6–9 and 1 Chronicles 11:4–8). David first...Read more ›

Is This King David’s Tomb?

By Hershel Shanks

Can a reasonable case be made that this is King David’s tomb? Ask any ultra-modern, sophisticated archaeologist and he (or she) will most likely either express disinterest or brush off the possibility with a smile and an emphatic “No.”a Sit down and reason, however, and...Read more ›