Biblical Archaeology Review 9:5, September/October 1983

Whither ASOR?

Identity crisis over Biblical archaeology afflicts scholarly organization

By Hershel Shanks

To archaeologists, the acronym ASOR is as well-known as MASH is to a generation of television viewers. ASOR stands for American Schools of Oriental Research.a It is the premier organization of professional American archaeologists whose scholarly interests focus on the Near East—what in other times might have been called the lands of the Bible.

In 1975, ASOR celebrated its 75th anniversary; shortly thereafter a handsome volume of symposium papers was published to mark the occasion, as befits an organization of scholars.

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