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Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2016



Archaeologists on Crutches

Yoram Tsafrir (1938–2015) and Adam Zertal (1936–2015)

By Benny ArubasShay BarHershel Shanks

Two eminent Israeli archaeologists, Yoram Tsafrir and Adam Zertal, recently passed away. Connected in death as in life, both triumphed over incredible obstacles.Read more ›

Israelite Footprints

Has Adam Zertal Found the Biblical Altar on Mt. Ebal and the Footprints of the Israelites Settling the Promised Land?

By Ralph K. Hawkins

Foot-shaped sites have been found throughout the Jordan Valley, including an extraordinary cultic site on Mt. Ebal. Is this the Israelite altar described in Joshua 8? Were these foot-shaped enclosures built by the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land?Read more ›

Ivory Pomegranate: Under the Microscope at the Israel Museum

By Hershel Shanks

The famous inscribed ivory pomegranate, which, if authentic, may have been the head of a scepter from Solomon’s Temple, has endured decades of debate. Is the inscription real, or is it a forgery? A meeting between world-class paleographers in the summer of 2015 may have settled the debate.Read more ›

Creating Woman

By Mary Joan Winn Leith

How was the first woman created in Genesis 2? Was she made from the man’s rib or, as recently suggested in BAR, from his os baculum (penis bone)?Read more ›