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Biblical Archaeology Review, Winter 2020



Facing the Facts About the “Face of God”

A Critical Response to Yosef Garfinkel

By Shua KisilevitzIdo KochOded LipschitsDavid S. Vanderhooft

In the Fall 2020 issue of BAR, Yosef Garfinkel claimed that a figurine from Khirbet Qeiyafa might represent the Israelite God, Yahweh. Some prominent scholars think otherwise.Read more ›

Archive Discovered Under Maresha

By Donald T. ArielIan Stern

A large private archive was recently discovered in a subterranean cache at Maresha, a Hellenistic city in the Judean Shephelah. The original documents have not survived but are attested through hundreds of decorated sealings.Read more ›

Gluttony and Drunkenness in Ancient Israel

By Rebekah Welton

In Deuteronomy 21:18–21, a delinquent son is sentenced to death for being rebellious, as well as a glutton and drunkard. A close look at the foodways of ancient Israel suggests a better interpretation for the son’s crime.Read more ›