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New Orleans Gumbo
Plenty of spice at Annual Meeting
I suppose I should have known it would happen someday. Perhaps the next thing will be a Ph.D. dissertation analyzing the “BAR phenomenon.” The scholarly community sometimes can’t quite understand us—so it tries to explain us. Absent a full-...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1997
BAR Interviews Giovanni Pettinato
Original Ebla epigrapher attempts to set the record straight
The following interview with Professor Giovanni Pettinato was conducted by BAR Editor Hershel Shanks on May 4, 1980. Professor Pettinato was the original epigrapher of the Italian Mission to Ebla. He resigned following a bitter personal and...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1980
Scholars Speak Out
What is Biblical archaeology’s greatest achievement? What is Biblical archaeology’s greatest failure? What is Biblical archaeology’s greatest challenge? BAR asked a wide variety of scholars to answer these three questions. Their replies...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1995
When Did Ancient Israel Begin?
New hieroglyphic inscription may date Israel’s ethnogenesis 200 years earlier than you thought
Longtime BAR readers are familiar with the Merneptah Stele, now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, which is generally recognized as containing the oldest extrabiblical reference to Israel.a The hieroglyphic inscription can be dated quite...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2012
Who Wrote Second Isaiah?
The Book of Isaiah contains the most astounding prophecy in the Hebrew Bible. Ostensibly, the Prophet Isaiah, who flourished in the eighth century B.C.E., according to Isaiah 1:1, accurately foresaw events that occurred a couple hundred years...
Bible Review, October 2003
Long-Winded in the Windy City
“Overwhelming” is the only word to describe the 1994 Annual Meeting,a where 7,500 scholars attended more than 700 presentations. Imagine jumping into a huge wave high above your head, extending for miles along the shore on either side...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1995
Jezreel—Where Jezebel Was Thrown to the Dogs
One day in 1989 rumor reached me that monumental Israelite architecture had accidentally been uncovered at Tel Jezreel in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel. I was then, as now, a...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2010
BAR Interview: Avraham Biran—Twenty Years of Digging at Tel Dan
BAR Editor, Hershel Shanks, interviewed Avraham Biran, director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at Hebrew Union College, in Jerusalem. Hershel Shanks: The name of Avraham Biran is—and will be for generations—inextricably...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1987
The Philistines and the Dothans: An Archaeological Romance, Part 1
An interview with Moshe and Trude Dothan
They are the first family of Israeli archeology. Trude and Moshe Dothan each have more than four decades of experience in the field, having excavated such major sites as Hazor, Hammath Tiberius, Nahariya, Deir el-Balah, Akko, Ashdid and Ekron...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1993
Face to Face: Biblical Minimalists Meet Their Challengers
One of the most controversial issues in modern Biblical studies is the increasingly assertive contention that the Bible is essentially useless as a historical source, even for the period of the Israelite united monarchy (tenth century B.C.E...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1997
Ancient Ivory—The Story of Wealth, Decadence and Beauty
The interplay between archaeology and the Bible is perhaps nowhere better illustrated than in the subject of ivory. The Bible helps us to understand the archaeological artifacts, and the archaeological artifacts help us to understand the...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1985
Where Is the Tenth Century?
Every archaeologist thinks his or her site holds the key to any issue that arises. Perhaps that is one reason why the focus was on Megiddo at the sessions titled “Where Is the Tenth...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1998
Jeremiah’s Scribe and Confidant Speaks from a Hoard of Clay Bullae
Seldom does archaeology come face to face with people actually mentioned in the Bible. When that happens, the discovery takes on a unique immediacy, touched with awe. When a hoard of inscribed Hebrew bullae surfaced on the antiques market and...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1987
Yigael Yadin Finds a Bama at Beer-Sheva
On my last visit to Jerusalem, I stopped in to see Yigael Yadin—as I always do. It was a fascinating hour—as it always is. This time, he told me how he found what he believes to be a bamaa destroyed by King Josiah—and...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March 1977
King David: Serial Murderer
New biography compares Israelite king to Saddam Hussein
Steven L. MacKenzie...King David: A Biography
Bible Review, December 2000
Celebrating at the Annual Meeting
Two silver anniversaries were celebrated at the Annual Meetinga in Anaheim last November. The first was the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of the Anchor Bible series, celebrated with a dinner honoring editor David...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1990
A Tale of Two Meetings
Issue of Antiquities Splits Scholars in Atlanta
The decision was unanimous: Antiquities collectors are criminals, responsible for the worldwide scourge of looting. That was the theme of the annual meeting of the American Schools of...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2004
Emmaus: Where Christ Appeared
Many sites vie for the honor, but Emmaus-Nicopolis is the leading contender
AT DAWN THE TOMB OF JESUS WAS FOUND EMPTY. Later that very day two of the disciples, Cleopas and another unnamed, were walking on the road to Emmaus when Jesus appeared to them, but...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2008
Shasu or Habiru: Who Were the Early Israelites?
It is time to clarify for BAR readers the widely discussed relationship between the habiru, who are well documented in Egyptian and Near Eastern inscriptions, and the Hebrews of the Bible. There is absolutely no relationship! The first...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2008
A Tiny Piece of the Puzzle
Six-Letter Inscription Suggests Monumental Building of Hezekiah
In this case, it is a tiny inscription with only six letters preserved. So little remains of ancient Israel in the City of David (the 12-acre...Ancient Jerusalem sometimes reveals itself in little bits.
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2009