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Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2001



Pagan Yahwism: The Folk Religion of Ancient Israel

By Ephraim Stern

The Bible imagines the religion of ancient Israel as purely monotheistic. And doubtless there were Israelites, particularly those associated with the Jerusalem Temple, who were strict monotheists. But the archaeological evidence (and the Bible, too, if you read it closely enough) suggests that the monotheism of many...Read more ›

Sacred Stones in the Desert

By Uzi Avner

Take even a one- or two-day trip through the Sinai or Negev deserts and you’ll come across scores of them—standing stones erected in a variety of combinations. These stone installations may help us understand the very origins of Israelite religion. They dot the landscape of the Bible’s...Read more ›

When Palestine Meant Israel

By David Jacobson

Most people assume that the name Palestine derives from “Land of the Philistines” (Peleshetin the Hebrew Bible; see Psalms 60:10; Isaiah 14:29, 31), via the Greek Palaistinêand the Latin Palaestina. But there is evidence, both philological and geographical,...Read more ›

Where Was Abraham’s Ur? The Case for the Babylonian City

By Alan R. Millard

Hershel Shanks has reopened the debate raised long ago by Cyrus Gordon, about which Ur was Abraham’s.a Was the patriarch born in some northern Mesopotamian Ur rather than in Babylonia? I believe the case for identifying the Ur (of the Chaldees) in Genesis 11:28,...Read more ›



A Jewish Archive from Old Cairo: The History of Cambridge University’s Genizah Collection

Reviewed by Lawrence H. Schiffman


Carthage, Tunisia