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Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2017



True Colors

Digital reconstruction restores original brilliance to the Arch of Titus

By Steven FinePeter J. SchertzDonald H. Sanders

Although many Greek and Roman statues and monuments now appear gleaming white (the result of years of weathering), they were originally brightly colored. Using technology, a team has digitally restored a panel from the Arch of Titus—which famously depicts captured treasures from Jerusalem’s Temple being paraded through Rome—to its original color.Read more ›

Excavating Mary Magdalene’s Hometown

By Marcela Zapata-MezaRosaura Sanz-Rincón

Following the discovery of a synagogue at Magdala on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, four ritual purification baths dating to Jesus’ time have been uncovered. These attest to the vibrant religious and social life of the local Jewish community just before it was crushed by the Romans in 67 C.E.Read more ›

Whom Do You Believe—The Bible or Archaeology?

By William G. Dever

Is the Hebrew Bible a bunch of tales with no value to a historian? Does archaeology hold the keys to truth instead? What are the limitations of both sources of information? Is it even possible to write a comprehensive and honest history of ancient Israel? Focusing on King David as a case study, eminent archaeologist William G. Dever attempts to marry archaeology and the Bible—giving BAR readers a sneak-peak of his upcoming book.Read more ›

Archaeology Confirms 3 More Bible People

By Lawrence Mykytiuk

Author Lawrence Mykytiuk has updated his popular BAR article “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” from the March/April 2014 issue with evidence of more real Hebrew Bible people. Who makes the new cut?Read more ›