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Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2014



The Other “Philistines”

By Ephraim Stern

The Bible portrays the Philistines as Israel’s cruel and ruthless enemy. The two peoples engaged in a fierce struggle for control of the land in the 12th–11th centuries B.C.E. We all know the stories of Samson’s struggles against the Philistines (Judges 14–16), David’s victory...Read more ›

How Babies Were Made in Jesus’ Time

By Andrew Lincoln

Sexual intercourse in order to conceive children is such a basic human activity that we sometimes assume that all cultures have had more or less the same ideas about it as we have. So in reading accounts of procreation and conception in the Bible, it is often...Read more ›

“Eves” of Everyday Ancient Israel

By Carol Meyers

Women are vastly underrepresented in the Hebrew Bible. Named men outnumber women by about ten to one. And the women who do appear are mostly exceptional or elite women, not the majority who were farm women. Not only are women underrepresented, but they are depicted by writers...Read more ›

Archaeological High Horse

By Hershel Shanks

Hippos-Sussita of the Decapolis: The First Twelve Seasons of Excavations (2000–2011), Vol. 1 By Arthur Segal, Michael Eisenberg, Jolanta Młynarczyk, Mariusz Burdajewicz and Mark Schuler (Haifa, Israel: The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, 2013), 323 pp., $130 (hardcover) If you ever find yourself in...Read more ›