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Biblical Archaeology Review 47:2, Summer 2021

Strata: Remembering Our Founder: Hershel Shanks (1930–2021)

The Biblical Archaeology Society remembers the life and achievements of Biblical Archaeology Review’s founder and Editor Emeritus, Hershel Shanks, who passed away February 5, 2021, at the age of 90.

In 1975, Hershel envisioned BAR, creating a modest publication that reflected his deep personal interest in the biblical past. Over the following four decades, until his retirement in 2017, he transformed BAR into the world’s best-selling and most widely read biblical archaeology magazine, enjoyed by millions. He was firmly committed to making the latest archaeological discoveries—and scholarly controversies—accessible to the broader public through well-written, beautifully presented, and engaging content that brought the biblical world to life. BAS is honored to carry on the tremendous legacy left to us by our friend, colleague, and mentor, Hershel Shanks. We have collected reflections on Hershel’s legacy from staff members, past and present, as well as family members and some dear friends.

A Father and a Colleague


Hershel’s daughter

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