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Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2012



Was King Saul Impaled on the Wall of Beth Shean?

By Amihai Mazar

The Bible tells us that King Saul was killed by the Philistines and that his body (as well as those of his three sons) was hung on the wall of Beth Shean: “The Philistines came to strip the slain, and they found Saul and his three sons...Read more ›

Death at the Dead Sea

By Konstantinos Politis

If I were to ask you to guess where the largest group of cemeteries in the ancient world—with tens of thousands of graves—was located, where would you say? Outside some thriving ancient metropolis? In some verdant landscape redolent of Eden? The last place in the world that...Read more ›

Tales from Tombstones

By Steven FineKalliope I. Kritikakou-Nikolaropoulou

Amid the desolate, rocky wasteland of Biblical Zoar, Konstantinos Politis and others have discovered hundreds of remarkable tombstones that preserve detailed portraits of life—and death—among the Christians and Jews who once dwelled there. The often brightly colored and intricately decorated stones are a treasure trove of information...Read more ›