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The Religious Message of the Bible
BAR interviews Père Benoit
Hershel Shanks: Père Benoit, you are in a consummate way representative of the French in Jerusalem, or of the scholarly world of France in Jerusalem. Most people in the United States are not aware that so many different nationalities have...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1986
The History Behind the Bible
BAR Interviews Avraham Malamat
A deep fissure runs through Biblical studies today. On one side are those who maintain that the Bible contains much reliable history; on the other side are those who say the Biblical texts were written much later than the events they describe...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2003
Kadesh-Barnea—In the Bible and on the Ground
Kadesh-Barnea, Tell el-Qudeirat, hasn’t been excavated since the 1980s, but a new pottery analysis indicates a settlement was there at the time of the Exodus.
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2015
Is the Bible Right After All? BAR Interviews William Dever—Part Two
Continuing their wide-ranging conversation, excavator Bill Dever and Hershel Shanks turn to a crucial issue: How the Bible and archaeology can be used—and misused—to illuminate each other. HS: What does it mean to be an Israelite in the 12th...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1996
Syria Tries to Influence Ebla Scholarship
Official view objects to emphasis on Biblical connections. BAR calls for prompt publication of most significant tablets which relate to the Bible.
It is now clear that anti-Zionist political pressures in Syria are attempting to affect the scholarly interpretation of the Ebla tablets. The Syrians are furious that in the West the intense interest shown in this fantastic cache of tablets...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1979
Dever’s “Sermon on the Mound”
Dever proclaims the “New Biblical Archaeology,” but he reaches unsubstantiated conclusions and gratuitously knocks the Bible.
William G. Dever, the world’s leading academic opponent of the term “Biblical archaeology,” has now declared the age of the “New Biblical Archaeology”—and his support of it. Dever, the excavator of the Solomonic gate at Biblical Gezer, former...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1987
BAR Interviews Yigael Yadin
Does archaeology prove the truth of the Bible? • Will an archive be found in Israel? • Where will Yadin dig next? • Advice to aspiring archaeologists • Yadin’s definition of Biblical archaeology
On July 22, 1982, BAR editor Hershel Shanks visited Yigael Yadin in his home in Jerusalem. Shanks spoke for several hours with Yadin, who had recently returned to full time archaeology after one of the many discursions that have marked his...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 1983
Dancing in Denver
From one scholarly meeting to another
I didn’t realize how big Denver is. I learned when trying to cover three (or four) meetings at the same time last November in two locations in downtown Denver and nearby Boulder...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2002
Contrasting Insights of Biblical Giants
Hershel Shanks: I have known each of you for many years. And I know that the Bible has been a central influence in your lives—...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2004
Wrestling with Scripture
Phyllis Trible Obtains a Blessing, but It Comes at a Cost: She Limps
Phyllis Trible is surely one of the most distinguished feminist Biblical scholars in the world. In 1994, she served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature, only the second woman to serve in that capacity since the organization was...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2006
Should the Term “Biblical Archaeology” Be Abandoned?
“No such thing as ‘Biblical archaeology’,” says prominent scholar
One of the best-known and highly-respected archaeologists in the world is urging that the term “Biblical Archaeology” be dropped. He is Professor William G. Dever, chairman of the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Arizona in...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1981
BAR Interview: Yigal Shiloh—Last Thoughts, Part II
Yigal Shiloh, director of the City of David Excavations in Jerusalem from 1978 to 1985, died last November at the age of 50. Less than five months before his death, Shiloh was interviewed by BAR editor Hershel Shanks. In Part I of the...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1988
The Philistines and the Dothans: An Archaeological Romance, Part 2
An interview with Moshe and Trude Dothan
In our previous issue (“The Philistines and the Dothans—An Archaeological Romance, Part 1,” BAR 19:04), archaeologists Moshe and Trude Dothan spoke with Hershel Shanks about their early years together, as were embarking on careers in...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1993
Perhaps the greatest disaster to befall ancient Israel was the conquest, at the end of the sixth century B.C.E. and start of the fifth, by the Babylonian empire. The fall of Judah to this new regional superpower occurred in two stages: Major...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2002
San Francisco Tremors
Not earthquakes, just academic rumbles
The Bible is the fault line that divides a significant segment of the scholarly world. It is the attitude toward the Bible that underlies the disparate battles, both institutional and substantive, that are being fought as I write. The...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1998
Mitchell Dahood—In Memoriam
Leading Ebla scholar dies suddenly in Rome
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...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1982
Queen of the Philistines
BAR Interviews Trude Dothan
Trude Dothan is professor of archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a pioneer of Israeli archaeology. She is a world-renowned expert on the Philistines and has excavated a number of their sites, including the major long-term...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2010
Scholars, Popularizers, Albright and Me
This year is the hundredth anniversary of the birth of William Foxwell Albright, this century’s greatest biblical archaeologist. To mark the occasion, a scholarly conference was held at the Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, where...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1991
“Annual Miracle” Visits Philadelphia
Historical Jesus and Jewish roots of Christianity draw overflow audiences
If it were up to me, I would change the name of the Annual Meeting (the joint annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion and the American Schools of Oriental Research [ASOR]) to the Annual Miracle...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1996
Jerusalem Rolls Out Red Carpet for Biblical Archaeology Congress
Serious issues raised concerning nature of Biblical archaeology as well as publication of Dead Sea Scrolls
For a week in April, all Jerusalem was aglitter with archaeology. The occasion was the International Congress on Biblical Archaeology marking the 70th anniversary of the Israel Exploration Society. At the opening session, the Acting President...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1984