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Crosses in the Dead Sea Scrolls: A Waystation on the Road to the Christian Cross
The relationship of the Dead Sea Scrolls to early Christianity has absorbed scholars since the dramatic discovery more than 30 years ago. Early, exaggerated commentaries which, for example, stated that the Teacher of Righteousness was Jesus...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1979
The “Three Shekels” and “Widow’s Plea” Ostraca: Real or Fake?
One of the most astounding inscriptions to surface in recent years records a donation of three shekels to the Temple of the Lord (Beyt Yhwh) in Jerusalem. It is written on a broken piece of pottery (called an ostracon) and dates...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2003
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
Abraham’s Ur—Is the Pope Going to the Wrong Place?
We inadvertently printed an incorrect draft of this article in our January/February 2000 issue. The correct text follows: Pope John Paul II is planning a millennium pilgrimage in 2000 that will take him to Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Sinai—and Iraq...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2000
How To Find Your True Love
Are you single and looking for your true love? Someone thought the conference I recently attended at Oxford was the answer: Radiocarbon dating was the way to find the perfect match...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2005
Chief Scroll Editor Opens Up—An Interview with Emanuel Tov
For more than a decade, Hebrew University professor Emanuel Tov has been in charge of the scholarly team that is publishing the Dead Sea Scrolls. It hasn’t always been easy; but now, with the 37th volume of the Discoveries in the Judean...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2002
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
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
Scholars Talk About How the Field Has Changed
New questions, new technologies, new specialties all leave their mark on the way archaeologists work.
Archaeological periods are not always easy to define; for example, we cannot gauge precisely when the Late Bronze Age turned into Iron Age I. Not so, however, with the Age of BAR. This...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2001
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
The Difference Between Scholarly Mistakes and Scholarly Concealment: The Case of MMT
Mistakes in scholarship are inevitable. When they occur, they can lead other scholars into further error. One error begets another. I recently read a fascinating article, by a young graduate student at Hebrew University named Yosef Garfinkel...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1990
Scrolls, Scripts and Stelae
A Norwegian collector shows BAR his rare inscriptions
If you have a Dead Sea Scroll for sale, you should get in touch with Martin Schøyen (pronounced Skoo-yen) in Oslo. He is a prime prospect. He already owns several Dead Sea Scroll fragments—making him one of the few individuals in the world (I...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2002
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
The Sad Case of Tell Gezer
For Gezer there is still time. But not much. The stones are still there, but gradually the walls are deteriorating. Soon they may tumble under the assault of winter rains and summer...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1983
Ancient Israelite Art Sparse in Impressive Show at Met
“Treasures of the Holy Land,” the Israel Museum’s exhibition of nearly 200 outstanding pieces, is being shown at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 4, 1987. The exhibit is the largest and most important display of ancient...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1986
Is This Man a Biblical Archaeologist? BAR Interviews William Dever—Part One
I’ve known Bill Dever for a quarter century. I first met him when I knocked—unannounced—on the door of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem in 1972. Bill, who directed the institute, answered and graciously invited...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1996
“Will Marty Abegg Ever Find a Job?”
Scroll Scholar Thrives Despite Unauthorized Publication
The monopoly over access to the Dead Sea Scrolls was broken in 1991. One of the key events in that breakup was the publication of Dead Sea Scroll texts that had been reconstructed by computer from a concordance. We will here detail this...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2003
The Shrine of the Book—Where Nothing Has Changed
Major developments in nearly every field related to the Dead Sea Scrolls have followed in the wake of their release. Research on the scrolls is burgeoning. Depositories of scroll photographs are doing their best to accommodate the needs of...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1993
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
Friedman’s Thesis: An Overview
Bible scholar Richard Elliott Friedman claims to have found the world’s first prose masterpiece embedded in the Bible. This hidden book, he claims, opens with the Creation and ends with the death of David. Our two-part coverage begins with an article by BR editor Hershel Shanks, who details Friedman’s unconventional theory. In part two, Friedman’s book serves as a springboard for a spirited discussion among three leading scholars on how the Bible came to be.
Bible Review, April 1999