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Biblical Archaeology Review, September 1977



BAR Travellers Return Tired and Enthusiastic

The first BAR trip to Egypt, Jordan and Israel was a rousing success. What impressed one member of the group most was the variety and the contrast. The 747 jumbo jet from New York to Cairo, the donkey cart in the hypostyle at Karnak, the felucca down...Read more ›

Archaeology in Jerusalem—A Philatelic View

By Harvey D. Wolinetz

Digging into archaeological sites will probably not yield any philatelic finds, but digging into postage stamps will often yield a good deal about archaeology. Thus, Biblical archaeology buffs may be interested in a series of five stamps recently released by the Israel Philatelic Services entitled “Archaeology In...Read more ›

Beer-Sheva Excavator Blasts Yadin—No Bama at Beer-Sheva

By Anson F. Rainey

This is in response to your article in the March 1977 issue about alleged bama at Beer-Sheva (“Yigael Yadin Finds a Bama at Beer-Sheva,” BAR 03:01). There is not one scrap of evidence, Biblical or archeological, in favor of Yadin’s theory. The Biblical passage Yadin relies on...Read more ›

A Jerusalem Celebration—Of Temples and Bamot

“Temples and High Places in Biblical Times” was the subject of Jerusalem colloquium held last spring to commemorate the centennial of the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. A distinguished group of archaeologists and Biblical scholars from all over the world—from as far away as Australia—gathered...Read more ›

Thoughts on Archaeological Method

By Henry O. Thompson

Anson Rainey’s eulogy to Yohanan Aharoni (“Yohanan Aharoni—The Man and His Work,” BAR 02:04) notes Aharoni’s refusal to “bow down and worship at the balk.”a As one who has helped remove more than one balk, I appreciate Aharoni’s flexibility. I note with interest too, his openness to...Read more ›

A Heritage in Danger

By Joan Borsten

Many of Israel’s archaeological sites—among them Tell Dan, Gezer, Beit Yerach, Tell Mor, Beit Shean, Ashdod, the citadel at Ramat Rachel and the temple at Nahariya—are being slowly destroyed by the elements because after excavation they were not preserved and restored. How critical the situation is depends...Read more ›

Reading Robert Payne Without Embarrassment

By Hershel Shanks

Let me relieve your embarrassment at reading and enjoying Robert Payne’s “The Splendor of the Holy Land—Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon”a True, it is far below the level of most BAR readers. The author deals with four countries and a host of civilizations in a bare 190 pages...Read more ›

Ancient Farming in the Judean Wilderness

The Buqe’ah (pronounced like a French “bouquet” with a short “a” added at the end) is an isolated basin about a mile and a half wide and 5 miles long at the confluence of several major wadies (dry river beds) in the midst of the Judean wilderness,...Read more ›