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Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2011



Conversion, Crucifixion and Celebration

St. Philip’s Martyrium at Hierapolis draws thousands over the centuries

By Francesco D’Andria

The apostle Philip was hung on a tree upside down with irons in his heels and ankles in Hierapolis in Asia Minor. One of the 12 apostles, according to all four Gospels, Philip was born in Bethsaida on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee (...Read more ›

Well-Hidden Ivories Surface at Nimrud

By Alan R. Millard

Ivories from Nimrud VI: Ivories from the North West Palace (1845–1992) by Georgina Herrmann and Stuart Laidlaw with Helena Coffey (London: British Institute for the Study of Iraq, Gertrude Bell Memorial, 2009), 282 pp., 138 pp. b/w plates, 24 pp. color plates, £75...Read more ›

New Synagogue Excavations In Israel and Beyond

By Glenn J. Corbett

It seems like almost everywhere archaeologists dig in the eastern Galilee these days, they are coming up with ancient synagogues. In 2007, a third–fourth-century C.E. synagogue with beautifully decorated mosaic floors depicting Biblical episodes was discovered at the site of Khirbet Wadi Hamam outside Tiberias; just last...Read more ›

Isaiah Among the Scrolls

By Hershel Shanks

In 2011, more than 60 years after the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by the Bedouin in what became known as Qumran Cave 1, a splendid new edition of the Great Isaiah Scroll—1QIsaa, in more technical language—has been published in the official scroll series, Discoveries...Read more ›