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Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2002



Dig Now 2002

Archaeology is not a spectator sport. It is slow and precise work, requiring long hours of dirty toil in punishing heat. Peanuts and Cracker Jacks are not served; no cheerleaders or marching bands entertain. Spectacular finds, the archaeological equivalent of home runs and touchdowns, occur, but irregularly...Read more ›

A Watermelon Named Abimelech

By Denise Dick HerrMary Petrina Boyd

Then Abimelech went to Thebez … Within the city was a strong tower and all the people of the city fled to it, all the men and women, and shut themselves in; and they went to the roof of the tower. And Abimelech came...Read more ›

Moab Comes to Life

By P. M. Michèle DaviauPaul-Eugène Dion

We unexpectedly found a Moabite temple, the first of its kind ever discovered, during an excavation in 1999. The Moabites, a people living east of the Dead Sea, were neighbors of the ancient Israelites. Ruth is the most touching Moabite figure known to us from the Bible...Read more ›

Return to Aroer

A trip through the ages with the ageless Avraham Biran

By Steven Feldman

“Do you see those pottery sherds?” asks 92-year-old Avraham Biran as he points with his cane to the sun-baked earth of Aroer, an ancient site in the northern Negev. Not until I crouch close to the ground can I distinguish the...Read more ›



Amaravati, India