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Ehud Netzer

Ehud Netzer, a prominent Israeli archaeologist and the world’s leading authority on Herodian architecture, died on October 27, 2010 from a fall at Herodium where he had been digging for 38 years in search of Herod’s tomb. Herod was the ancient world’s builder par excellence. Netzer described Herod as “a king who lived and breathed the art of construction, deeply understood its ways and, quite simply, loved to build.” One might fairly say that Netzer himself lived and breathed the man and the works of Herod.

In his long career, Netzer worked at Herodium, Jericho, Masada and numerous other sites, including Hazor, Sepphoris, Caesarea and Jerusalem. A member of BAR’s editorial advisory board for 30 years, he frequently wrote for the magazine. In February 2013, the Israel Museum opened a new exhibit on the journeys of two men separated by 2,000 years. One was the funeral procession of King Herod the Great; the other was the life work of Ehud Netzer.

The articles below were hand-selected by Biblical Archaeology Society editors especially for members of the BAS Library.

Herod the Great—The King’s Final Journey

BAR, Mar/Apr 2013
by Suzanne F. Singer

In Search of Herod’s Tomb

BAR, Jan/Feb 2011
by Ehud Netzer

Floating in the Desert

Archaeology Odyssey, Winter 1999
by Ehud Netzer

A New Reconstruction of Paul’s Prison

BAR, Jan/Feb 2009
by Ehud Netzer

Uncovering Herod’s Seaside Palace

BAR, May/June 1993
by Barbara Burrell, Kathryn Gleason and Ehud Netzer

New Mosaic Art from Sepphoris

BAR, Nov/Dec 1992
by Ehud Netzer and Zeev Weiss

The Last Days and Hours at Masada Found at Dan

BAR, Nov/Dec 1991
by Ehud Netzer

Jewish Rebels Dig Strategic Tunnel System

BAR, Jul/Aug 1988
by Ehud Netzer

Herod’s family Tomb in Jerusalem

BAR, May/June 1983
by Ehud Netzer

BAR Readers Restore and Preserve Herodian Jericho

BAR, Nov/Dec 1978
by Ehud Netzer