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Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2015

Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2015


Synagogues: Before and After the Roman Destruction of the Temple

By Rachel Hachlili

Were there synagogues while the Temple still stood in Jerusalem? Nearly 200 ancient synagogues have been discovered by archaeologists at numerous sites in the Land of Israel as well as in the diaspora. After the Roman destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 C.E., the major architectural...Read more ›

Iconoclasts and Fishermen: Christian Symbols Survive

By Zaraza Friedman

This short article is a kind of pushback against the iconoclasts of the eighth century C.E. who gouged out images of people and animals in churches and synagogues. They offend me. I am going to explore the meaning of two mosaic medallions involving fish and fishing that...Read more ›

The Saga of ‘The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’

By Hershel Shanks

Although he is not an archaeologist, Canadian/Israeli TV journalist and producer Simcha Jacobovici (pronounced Yacobovitch) has made some remarkable archaeological discoveries. For example, the first plague: When pharaoh refused to let the people go, Moses held out his rod, and the waters of Egypt, including the Nile...Read more ›