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Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2000



The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (in Bologna, Italy)

By Robert Ousterhout

Should you want to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, don’t go to Jerusalem.1 The Jerusalem church will just confuse you. The modern pilgrim, expecting to see the sites of Jesus’ Crucifixion, Entombment and Resurrection, usually comes away from the church in Jerusalem more perplexed than...Read more ›

Does Pollen Prove the Shroud Authentic?

By Vaughn M. Bryant Jr.

Flora of the Shroud of Turin Avinoam Danin, Alan D. Whanger, Uri Baruch and Mary Whanger (St. Louis, MO: Missouri Botanical Garden Press, 1999) 52 pp., 25 b&w photos, $14.95 Is the Shroud of Turin the linen cloth that covered the body of...Read more ›

The Babylonian Gap

The Assyrians impressed their culture on Israel … the Babylonians left no trace

By Ephraim Stern

The Assyrians and Babylonians both ravaged large parts of ancient Israel, yet the archaeological evidence from the aftermath of their respective conquests tells two very different stories. Why? In 721 B.C.E., the Assyrians brought an end to the northern kingdom of Israel. A little more than a...Read more ›

Against the Tide: An Interview with Maverick Scholar Cyrus Gordon

By Hershel Shanks

Cyrus Gordon is a scholar of enormous range. His bibliography of more than 35 books and 350 articles is divided into over 20 categories, focusing largely on linguistics and social history. Among them are Aramaic-Syriac-Mandaic studies, art and archaeology of the Near East, Assyriology, Biblical studies, Egypto-Semitic...Read more ›



Megiddo III—The 1992–1996 Seasons

Reviewed by Hershel Shanks


Perachora, Greece