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Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2006



Satan’s Throne

Revelations from Revelation

By Adela Yarbro Collins

In the Book of Revelation, a prophet named John experiences a vision of the risen Christ, who asks him to convey a message to each of the seven Christian congregations of Asia Minor—Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodikeia. To the Pergamon congregation, this...Read more ›

The Spade Hits Sussita

BAR Article—“Sussita Awaits the Spade”—Leads to Excavation

By Arthur SegalMichael Eisenberg

Fifteen years ago, I (Arthur Segal) sat in my study reading an article in BAR by Vassilios Tzaferis about Sussita, a dramatic site overlooking the Sea of Galilee that had been destroyed in a violent earthquake in 749 C.E. and had never been resettled. The columns of...Read more ›

Engraved in Memory

Diaspora Jews Find Eternal Rest in Jerusalem

By André Lemaire

When Oded Golan first invited me to his home in April 2002, it was to examine an inscription on a bone box—but not the one bearing the now-famous inscription, “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.” That one was not even in Golan’s apartment at that time...Read more ›

Abraham Isaac & Jacob Meet Newton, Darwin & Wellhausen

By Maynard P. Maidman

Israel first appears in an epigraphic source (that is, in a surviving ancient document) around 1200 B.C.E.,1 in a stone victory stele of the Egyptian pharaoh Merneptah. At the end of this long inscription, almost as an afterthought, the intrepid king informs us that...Read more ›



Jewish Literature between the Bible and the Mishnah: A Historical and Literary Introduction

Reviewed by James C. VanderKam

Scholar’s Bookshelf

Leaves from an Epigrapher’s Notebook: Collected Papers in Hebrew and West Semitic Epigraphy, Harvard Semitic Studies, 51.

Reviewed by Christopher A. Rollston