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Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1978



Archaeology for the Young of All Ages

An archaeology series for kids teaches adults as well

By Kathe Schwartzberg

The Lerner Archaeological Series is written for readers twelve and above, but like many well written books for youngsters, this series can be enjoyable and informative to adults as well. Individual volumes are about 85 pages long and cover a single subject area, like coins, scrolls, jewelry,...Read more ›

Dating the Patriarchal Stories

Van Seters responds to Nahum Sarna's review of Abraham in History and Tradition

By John Van Seters

In his review of my book, Abraham in History and Tradition, Nahum Sarna sets the context for his remarks with a brief but very helpful survey of the development of historical criticism of the Pentateuch, including literary and form criticism (see “Abraham in History,” BAR 03:04). However,...Read more ›

BAR Readers Restore and Preserve Herodian Jericho

A report to BAR readers on work accomplished with support by their Preservation Fund

By Ehud Netzer

I am happy to report to BAR readers on the preservation and restoration work which was accomplished last year with funds which they—you—provided. But before I do let me tell you briefly about the continuing excavations at the site of the winter palaces. Our work at Herodian...Read more ›

Saving the Mt. Sinai Mosaics

By George H. ForsythKurt Weitzmann

Archaeologists usually recover their treasures beneath the earth. Instead of digging beneath the earth, however, we were high above it on a four-story scaffold, exploring the half-dome of the apse of the Byzantine Church at Saint Catherine’s monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai...Read more ›

Yigael Yadin to Head New Excavation

Signaling an eventual return to the world of archaeology, Yigael Yadin has stated he will lead a major new archaeological excavation. Yadin, formerly head of Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology, is currently Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister. Yadin’s new site is Tell Dor. The mound dramatically overlooks the...Read more ›

Kathleen Kenyon 1906-1978

Generally recognized as the world’s greatest field archaeologist and clearly Great Britain’s leading Biblical archaeologist, Dame Kathleen Mary Kenyon is dead at 72. Dame Kathleen died in August, less than a week after suffering a stroke. She was stricken at her home in Wrexham, North Wales. Dame...Read more ›