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Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2014



Queen Helena’s Jerusalem Palace—In a Parking Lot?

By R. Steven NotleyJeffrey P. García

This story, you may be assured, will end in Jerusalem. But only in due course. It begins in Adiabene, a small semi-independent kingdom near the border of the Parthian (Persian) empire in the days before the First Jewish Revolt against Rome. The story is told mostly by...Read more ›

Was Herod’s Tomb Really Found?

By Hershel Shanks

It was archaeologist Ehud Netzer’s final triumph—the discovery of the tomb of Herod the Great. To celebrate this accomplishment the Israel Museum mounted its most expensive and what turned out to be its most popular exhibit, Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey.a But tragedy preceded: Shortly...Read more ›

The New Jerusalem Inscription—So What?

By Alan R. Millard

In 2012, while excavating at the southern wall of the Temple Mount, Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar discovered the oldest alphabetic inscription ever found in Jerusalem. It had been inscribed on a storage jar, but, alas, the jar had not fared well. Made of pottery, it had broken...Read more ›