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Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2005


Special Section

Digs 2005


Neither heat, nor sun, nor dismal headlines can stop waves of volunteers from participating in digs in Israel and Jordan. This summer it can be your turn to find out why. In the following pages you can read about almost two dozen digs, all of which promise...Read more ›

Digs 2005

Guide to Sites

Bethsaida Few places evoke the New Testament as much as Bethsaida, a town on the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee that was the birthplace of at least three of the 12 apostles and the place where Jesus fed the multitude (Luke 9:10–17)...Read more ›


Where John Baptized

Bethany beyond the Jordan

By Rami G. Khouri

It may or may not be the spot in the Jordan River where John the Baptist baptized Jesus, but Byzantine Christians seemed to think it was. And it’s not on the western shore of the river, but on the eastern shore—in modern Jordan. When it comes to...Read more ›

The Secret Gospel of Mark

Is It Real? And Does It Identify “Bethany beyond the Jordan”?

By Scott G. Brown

In the preceding article, Rami Khouri lays out the case for identifying Wadi el-Kharrar as the New Testament’s “Bethany beyond the Jordan,” the site where John baptized. There may be another piece of evidence strengthening that case—and it comes from a spectacular source: a long-lost passage from...Read more ›

Radiocarbon Dating

How To Find Your True Love

By Hershel Shanks

Are you single and looking for your true love? Someone thought the conference I recently attended at Oxford was the answer: Radiocarbon dating was the way to find the perfect match. Radiocarbon would identify just the right person for you. The story, of course,...Read more ›