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Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2005



Was Noah’s Ark a Sewn Boat?

By Ralph K. Pedersen

The story of Noah’s Ark may be the best known of all Biblical tales. The destruction of a sinful world by an angry God, the cleansing waters of the flood and the redemption of mankind through one righteous man continues to...Read more ›

In the Path of Sennacherib

By Oded Borowski

“I laid waste the large district of Judah and made the overbearing and proud Hezekiah, its king, bow in submission,” boasts Sennacherib, monarch of Assyria, in a preserved cuneiform inscription.1 “I laid siege to 46 of his strong cities: ... and conquered (them),” Sennacherib elsewhere claims, obviously...Read more ›

John the Baptist’s Cave

The Case in Favor

By Shimon GibsonJames D. Tabor

We found the cave by chance in the winter of 1999 when I (Shimon Gibson) was conducting an archaeological survey of ancient agricultural remains on the slopes of the hills and in the wadis next to Kibbutz Tzova, a short distance from the traditional...Read more ›

The History of Israelite Religion

A Secular or Theological Subject?

By Frank Moore Cross

If we propose to study the history of the religion of ancient Israel, we must be governed by the same postulates that are the basis of modern historical method. Our task must be a historical, not a theological, enterprise. We must trace the origins and development of...Read more ›



The Cave of John the Baptist: The Stunning Archaeological Discovery That Has Redefined Christian History

Reviewed by James F. Strange


Tassili N’Ajjer, Algeria