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Biblical Archaeology Review, Summer 2020



Forced Resettlement and Immigration at Tel Hadid

By Ido KochDan WarnerEli YannaiLin Lawson PruittDennis ColeJames Parker

When Assyria ruled supreme, it forcibly removed the ancient Israelites from their homeland and settled a new people group in their place. Explore discoveries related to these new deportees—and more—at Tel Hadid. This article includes a special supplement, Digging Deeper at Tel Hadid, to understand the site like the experts do.Read more ›

How Old Are the Oldest Christian Manuscripts?

By Brent Nongbri

The earliest Christian manuscripts are almost never dated explicitly, and scholars must rely on technical analyses and circumstantial evidence to establish probable dates. Learn about the uses and abuses of the dating techniques.Read more ›

The Scarab: The Idol That Rolls in Dung

By Zohar Amar

The Hebrew Bible uses expressions of disgust to warn the Israelites against gentile idolatry. Is it possible that the rare biblical word gilulim (“idols”) refers specifically to the Egyptian sacred dung beetle, known as the scarab?Read more ›