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Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1996



Magnificent Obsession: The Private World of an Antiquities Collector

By Hershel Shanks

The first time I telephoned Shlomo Moussaieff I naturally began by introducing myself. “I’m Hershel Shanks, editor of—” “I know who you are,” he interrupted. “I’ve been avoiding you for 20 years.” He has a high-pitched, almost whiny voice, heavily-accented with his native Jerusalem Hebrew. He has...Read more ›

Jerusalem as Textbook

Large excavations give way to smaller, more focused digs as archaeological parks and displays sprout up all over the city.

By Gideon Avni

The magnitude and extent of archaeological activity in Jerusalem since the city was reunited in 1967 are unparalleled in the city’s long history of research. Since then, we have seen two major waves of excavations. The first, during the late 1960s and 1970s, involved...Read more ›

Behold the Temple

Is it depicted on a priestly ossuary?

By Asher Grossberg

Of the thousands of limestone ossuaries, or bone boxes, found in and around Jerusalem, at least one depicts the facade of the Temple—this from a time when that magnificent structure still stood on the Temple Mount in all its splendor. For about 100 to...Read more ›