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Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2000


Special Section

The Search for History in the Bible


Is the Bible historically reliable? For many believers it’s a shocking question; for many scholars it’s a naïve query. There was a time, within memory, when the dominant academic view was not far removed from popular perceptions. Adam and Eve and Noah’s Ark may have been beyond...Read more ›

The Search for History in the Bible

What Separates a Minimalist from a Maximalist? Not Much

By Philip R. Davies

Last October, an academic conference was held at Northwestern University, outside of Chicago, on the Origins of the Jewish People and Contemporary Biblical Scholarship. The event, a Philip M. and Ethel Klutznik symposium and lecture, was supported by the United Jewish Federation of Chicago...Read more ›

The Search for History in the Bible

Save Us from Postmodern Malarkey

By William G. Dever

There are some who claim that the Bible contains little or no historical information about ancient Israel. I want to combat these “minimalist” or “revisionist” views of the history of ancient Israel by showing how archaeology can and does illuminate a historical Israel in the Iron Age...Read more ›

The Search for History in the Bible

Can You Understand This?

We try to expose our readers to various scholarly viewpoints, even though we do not always agree with them. We have confidence in our readers’ ability to make up their own minds. It is in that spirit that we have tried to present the case of the...Read more ›

The Search for History in the Bible

Will Tel Rehov Save the United Monarchy?

By Amihai MazarJohn Camp

In the shadow of Mt. Gilboa in the northern Jordan Valley stands one of Israel’s largest, most important archaeological sites—and, until recently, one of the least known. Yet there is nothing hidden or obscure about the site. Indeed, Tel Rehov is hard to miss...Read more ›

Where Was the Temple?

The Debate Goes On

Longtime BAR readers know that we keep returning to the question of where on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount ancient Israel’s sacred Temple stood. Perhaps it’s because there’s just enough evidence to bring a persuasive answer within reach, but not enough to put the matter definitively...Read more ›

Where Was the Temple?

Ritmeyer Responds to Jacobson

By Leen Ritmeyer

David Jacobson’s theory regarding the shape of Herod’s Temple Mount and the placement of the Temple within it draws heavily on Roman architectural practice. The Romans were particularly fond of symmetrical structures, as Jacobson rightly points out. But he fails to note that this heavy tilt towards...Read more ›

Where Was the Temple?

Kaufman Responds to Jacobson

By Asher S. Kaufman

My friend David Jacobson is to be congratulated on his two-part article on Herod’s Temple Mount. His overall view of the Mount and his incisive use of comparative architecture are commendable. I am grateful to him for reminding readers about the location of the Temple. Jacobson also...Read more ›


Abraham’s Ur—Is the Pope Going to the Wrong Place?

By Hershel Shanks

We inadvertently printed an incorrect draft of this article in our January/February 2000 issue. The correct text follows: Pope John Paul II is planning a millennium pilgrimage in 2000 that will take him to Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Sinai—and Iraq! Why Iraq? Because that is where the patriarch Abraham...Read more ›