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Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2015



Searching for Cana: Where Jesus Turned Water into Wine

By C. Thomas McCollough

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And...Read more ›

Pan at Hippos: Face of Greek God Unearthed

By Michael Eisenberg

“You have never seen such a find!” yelled Alexander Iermolin at Antiochia Hippos (Sussita),a located a thousand feet above the Sea of Galilee. A group of 15 of us were excavating the site’s outworks in November 2014. We hurried over as Alexander pulled out a large piece...Read more ›

Missing Link in Hebrew Bible Formation

By Paul Sanders

New analysis of a previously known scrap of a Biblical text provides fascinating insight into the formation of the Hebrew Bible. Known as the Ashkar-Gilson Hebrew Manuscript #2, the text is a remnant of a Torah scroll from the seventh or eighth century C.E. and contains a...Read more ›

Coptic: Egypt’s Christian Language

By Leo Depuydt

The Coptic language has been in the news recently. Loudly. And everywhere; also in BAR.a Perhaps more than is good for it. Remember the Coptic “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” whose claim to authenticity trumpeted worldwide by elevated authorities was promptly pulverized into subatomic particles and laughed off...Read more ›

Renowned Collector Shlomo Moussaieff Dies at 92

By Hershel Shanks

Shlomo Moussaieff of Herzliya, Israel, and London, England, who owned the world’s largest private collection of Near Eastern antiquities, surpassing that of many major museums, died in Israel on June 29, 2015, at the age of 92. To the very end, he never stopped buying. “Pay and...Read more ›