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Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2004



John the Baptist’s Cave???

The Evidence Is Thin

By Hershel Shanks

On August 17, 2004, the New York Times devoted an entire column in its A section to the discovery of a cave with a pool near Jerusalem that, it said, John the Baptist may have used to baptize early converts to what later became known as Christianity...Read more ›

Jerusalem in David and Solomon’s Time

It Really Was a Major City in the Tenth Century B.C.E.

By Jane M. Cahill

Among the most controversial issues in both Biblical archaeology and Biblical studies is the nature of Jerusalem in the tenth century B.C.E. Why the tenth century? Because in the Bible that is the time of Israel’s glory, the time of King David and King Solomon, the time...Read more ›

Weeds & Seeds

What Archaeobotany Can Teach Us

By Ehud WeissMordechai E. Kislev

Think small. No, think minute! Think something seemingly unimportant, but invaluable. Think seeds and weeds and grains—grown over 2,500 years ago. Our story takes place in the late seventh century B.C.E. in the thriving Philistine city of Ashkelon, on what is now the Mediterranean...Read more ›

The Name Game

Dating the Book of Judges

By Richard S. Hess

I study names. We can learn an enormous amount from names and their etymology. Since one of the issues raised in BAR recently has been the historicity of early sections of the Bible, I wondered whether names could make a small contribution to that discussion. Let’s look...Read more ›

Yes, Virginia, There IS an American Biblical Archaeology Museum

(Hint: It’s in Brooklyn)

By Hershel Shanks

I have often lamented that, although there are thousands of museums in the United States devoted to every conceivable topic, there is not a single museum here devoted to Biblical archaeology. I have recently been challenged on this assertion—and from a most unlikely source. I am wrong,...Read more ›