Frequently Asked Questions

Will all of the BAS publication material be available?

Currently, all of the editorial content of Biblical Archaeology Review from 1975–present is available as well as every issue of Bible Review (1985–2005) and Archaeology Odyssey (1998–2006). Only advertisements have been omitted.

In addition the New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations Vol. 5, published by the Israel Exploration Society and Biblical Archaeology Society and 4 of BAS’s best-selling books are included in collaboration with the Smithsonian. The library also includes select videos lectures by noted scholars.

How is the artwork displayed?

When you open each article small images will be displayed. Clicking on the image will pop-up a larger image, along with a caption and a photo credit.

What is the image quality?

We are very proud of the images in BAS publications and have worked hard to reproduce that same quality on the Web. In order to facilitate quick loading, we have reduced the resolution of the original artwork to 72 dpi.

What are the search criteria?

You may search by keyword, title, author, Bible verses, publication, content type, a date range, or a combination of these categories. A tutorial video discussing how to search by Bible verses can be found below.

What about abbreviations in your publications?

Frequent abbreviations used in BAS publications are spelled out when clicked on.

How are articles displayed?

Each article is listed by title, subtitle, author (with links to author biographical information), article body and sidebars. All footnotes and endnotes are provided as links from the article body. At the end of each article a continually updated Further Reading section, listing items on related subjects, is provided.

How are the Biblical references handled?

Biblical references can be toggled over within the text in order to read the verse mentioned. The references are also linked to a Revised Standard Version of the Bible which enables them to be read within their original context. A tutorial video describing how to use this feature can be found below.

How do students access the site?

We offer the options of username/password and IP address verification. Please note that in either case a cookie will need to be placed on the user’s machine, and that we must be able to read your gateway information if you wish to use IP address verification. If you have security restrictions that prevent this, please contact us so that we can make special arrangements. If your institution controls access directly from your Web site, we will work with you to implement your access. If you choose this option, additional charges may apply.

Is there a time limit on use?

There is no time limit. However, if there is no activity from a registered user for more than 30 minutes, the connection will time-out. In such a case, the user might have to log back on to

Will you limit the number of users?

No. Once an institution has subscribed to, every member of that institution within the IP range provided, can be provided access.

Can multiple users log on simultaneously?


What statistics will you provide?

We track each user session. The administrator for your institution will have access to this information by emailing with the desired date range for the statistics.

The usage file provides you with the number of articles retrieved during a specific month.

What happens if our username/password is shared?

It is your responsibility to protect your username/password. We will periodically change passwords, and will contact you to coordinate this. Also, if we notice unusually high amounts of use from your institution, we will notify your technical contact to insure that the use is proper.

Will we be able to copy and paste all of the content?

Yes, provided that no member from your institution violates copyright laws, you will be able to make fair use of all content. Please refer to our complete copyright statement.

What is the price of a subscription?

See Pricing.

Will technical support be provided?

Your institution will be required to provide technical support to your faculty and students. However, a BAS staff member will be available during normal business hours to address questions that your institutional contact person might have.

Please contact if assistance is needed.

Tutorial videos for many features can also be accessed below.

How can I print articles?

By clicking on the printer icon in the upper right hand corner will produce a printer friendly version of the article. From there, you have the ability to print the articles several ways including as a PDF, without images or with all of the images at the bottom.

Is the Library mobile friendly?

The entire site is mobile friendly and can be accessed from anywhere in the world!

Do I have the ability to view the original page numbers?

You can turn the original pagination on and off by clicking the appropriate circle near page numbers in the upper right corner.

How often is the Library updated?

The library will be updated as needed. Every new issue of BAR will be entered when published. From time to time other new material will be added.

Are the footnotes included?

The footnotes are integrated into each article. By simply clicking a footnote referencing BAS material you will be able to see the original reference.

Will the articles help me with different reference styles?

Each article has been cited in a variety of reference styles at the bottom of the article. Simply copy and paste the reference you require.