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Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1999



A Mickey Mouse Operation

Annual Meeting convenes in Disney World

By Hershel Shanks

Query: Why is Disney World like Kansas City? Answer: Both proved hopelessly inept and inadequate in hosting the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR).a It will be a long time before the Annual Meeting returns to Orlando...Read more ›

King Hezekiah’s Seal Bears Phoenician Imagery

By Frank Moore Cross

Not long ago, a clay impression of the seal of a Hebrew king came to light for the first time: The seal of ’Ahaz, king of Judah from about 734 to 715 B.C.E., had been pressed into a small bit of clay (called a...Read more ›

Seal of Ba‘alis Surfaces

Ammonite king plotted murder of Judahite governor

By Robert Deutsch

Just as archaeological finds flesh out Israelite history, so they also tell us about Israel’s neighbors and sometime enemies. Such is the case with the Ammonites, a people who lived east of the Jordan and fought in league with the Philistines against the emerging Israelites (...Read more ›

Odd Tomb Out

Has Jerusalem’s Essene cemetery been found?

By Boaz Zissu

The mystery deepens. As if the perplexing graves at Qumran were not enough, the same unusual type of tomb has now been discovered in southern Jerusalem. None of these tombs looks remotely like the typical Jerusalem tomb from the same period, called the Second Temple period (first...Read more ›



Reviewed by Walter Zanger


Sassanian Persia