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Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1982



Caesarea Maritima: The Search for Herod’s City

By Robert J. Bull

Herod, the ancient world’s master builder, constructed a magnificent port city on the Mediterranean coast of Palestine. He called it Caesarea in honor of his Roman patron Augustus Caesar. Maritima distinguished it from the many other cities that bore this much honored name, notably...Read more ›

Caesarea Beneath the Sea

By Robert L. Hohlfelder

Of all the great seaports of antiquity, Caesarea Maritima is the only one readily accessible to underwater archaeologists.1 Many ancient ports, like Piraeus, the port of Athens, cannot be carefully examined because they are still in use. Other harbors of antiquity have silted in over the centuries...Read more ›

In Defense of Hans Goedicke

Washington Journalism Review guilty of irresponsible attack on prominent Johns Hopkins professor

By Hershel Shanks

The Washington Journalism Review, supposedly a monitor of media fairness and accuracy, has falsely and irresponsibly accused Professor Hans Goedicke of The Johns Hopkins University of attempting to pull off an academic fraud.a In the article by Washington Post reporter Lee Lescaze, the Washington Journalism Review charged...Read more ›

In America, Biblical Archaeology Was—And Still Is—Largely a Protestant Affair

Why haven’t American Jews and Catholics participated more in the archaeological enterprise in the Holy Land?

“American archaeological efforts in the Holy Land have been dominated by Protestants,” according to a prominent American Protestant archaeologist, Gus Van Beek. Van Beek is curator of Old World archaeology at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. and for many years was director of excavations at Tell Jemmeh...Read more ›

Mitchell Dahood—In Memoriam

Leading Ebla scholar dies suddenly in Rome

By Hershel Shanks

Mitchell Dahood is dead at 60. He died in Rome on March 8 of a sudden, unexpected and massive heart attack. I should write Father Mitchell Dahood, for he was a Roman Catholic priest, a Jesuit, who spent nearly 20 years teaching at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute...Read more ›

BAR Jr.: A Puzzle for Albright

By Nancy Miller

In the 1930’s, the famous archaeologist William Foxwell Albright excavated Tell Beit Mirsim in central Israel. He discovered rows and rows of large stone basins. The dean of Biblical archaeologists was puzzled. Was this some sort of a factory? And if it was, what was manufactured here?...Read more ›


Books in Brief

Reviewed by Michael D. CooganP. Kyle McCarter Jr.Morton Smith