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Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2010



Did the Ancient Israelites Drink Beer?

By Michael M. Homan

Ancient Israelites, with the possible exception of a few teetotaling Nazirites and their moms, proudly drank beer—and lots of it. Men, women and even children of all social classes drank it. Its consumption in ancient Israel was encouraged, sanctioned and intimately linked with their religion. Even Yahweh,...Read more ›

Queen of the Philistines

BAR Interviews Trude Dothan

By Hershel Shanks

Trude Dothan is professor of archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a pioneer of Israeli archaeology. She is a world-renowned expert on the Philistines and has excavated a number of their sites, including the major long-term excavation of Tel Miqne (Biblical Ekron). She recently spoke...Read more ›

The Fault Beneath Their Feet

By Ram WeinbergerAmihai SnehEyal Shalev

Water was critical in ancient Israel (as it is today). This was especially true in time of siege because cities were usually located on higher spots (that rose higher and higher as the tell developed over time) and the springs were outside the city walls at the...Read more ›