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Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2016

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Archaeology Gives New Reality to Paul’s Ephesus Riot

By James R. Edwards

How accurate is Luke’s account of the Ephesus riot described in Acts 19:23–41? Excavations at the site bring this Biblical event to reality in a new way—from inscriptions and figurines of the goddess Artemis to the theater where the riot took place.Read more ›

Liberator of the Nag Hammadi Codices

By Charles W. Hedrick

A cache of ancient Christian Gnostic texts was found near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in 1945—two years before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Similar to the situation with the Dead Sea Scrolls, a monopoly of scholars held up the publication of the Nag Hammadi texts and would not permit anyone else to see them. The late Jim Robinson intervened, and by 1970 he had managed to free the Nag Hammadi Codices.Read more ›