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Against the Tide: An Interview with Maverick Scholar Cyrus Gordon
Cyrus Gordon is a scholar of enormous range. His bibliography of more than 35 books and 350 articles is divided into over 20 categories, focusing largely on linguistics and social history. Among them are Aramaic-Syriac-Mandaic studies, art...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2000
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
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
Has David Been Found in Egypt?
A leading Egyptologist has recently suggested that the name of the Biblical king David may appear in a tenth-century B.C.E. Egyptian inscription. If correct, this mention of David dates a hundred years earlier than the mention of the “House...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 1999
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
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
The Mystery Nechushtan
Why did King Hezekiah of Judah destroy the bronze serpent that Moses had fashioned to protect the Israelites?
After all, it had been fashioned by Moses himself a half millennium earlier—and for good purpose. In the Biblical passage that tells us what Hezekiah did, we learn of several other things the late-eighth century B.C.E. king destroyed: “He...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2007
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
Is It or Isn’t It?
King Jehoash Inscription Captivates Archaeological World
Mystery, politics, Biblical implications, gold—a newly surfaced inscription purporting to be by King Jehoash has it all. And it may be a forgery! If authentic, it would be the first royal inscription ever found of an Israelite king. If...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2003
How Are “BAR” and “BAS” Pronounced?
An old friend of my mother recently returned to Florida from an extended stay in California. One of the highlights of her trip to California, she reported to my mother, was some lectures by a Dr. Horn. Knowing that the distinguished professor...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1989
Archaeological Encyclopedia for the 90s
Ephraim Stern, editor (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society and Carta; New York:...The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1993
Biran at Ninety
The excavator of Dan recalls growing up in pre-state Israel, great archaeologists he’s known and why he’s a Biblical archaeologist
On October 23, 1999, Avraham Biran, director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, will celebrate his 90th birthday. He will also...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1999
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
Memorandum Re: Restoring Gezer
This is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Israel, yet it is rarely visited even by aficionados because it is so difficult to get to—unmarked and neglected.
To: Israel Gilad, Director General, Israel National Parks Authority From: Hershel Shanks, Editor, BAR You are really missing a good bet! You are supporting and financing the excavation and restoration of two important Roman-period sites in...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1994
What happens when the archaeologists leave?
You’re an archaeologist. You’ve carefully excavated a site and written an exemplary final report. Your obligation to history has been met. But what about the site? What happens after...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2002
I began the interview in his Lexington, Massachusetts home by asking Professor Cross if he recognized the following quotation: “The whole of the ancient Near East has been his bailiwick—its geography and archaeology, its languages and...
Bible Review, August 1992
Where Is Mount Sinai?
The Case for Har Karkom and the Case for Saudi Arabia
“It may well be that I have done no more than weave, in the words of George Eliot, ‘an ingenious web of probabilities—the surest screen a wise man can place between himself and the truth.’1 Perhaps final truth in archaeology is unattainable,...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2014
Biblical Archaeology: Whither and Whence
Looking back with Eric and Carol Meyers
Duke professors Eric and Carol Meyers gained national prominence when they discovered the Torah ark at Nabratein, Israel, in 1981. But that’s only part of their story. On December 22, 2014, I sat down and talked to them about their past 40 years in Biblical archaeology.
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2015
A “Centrist” at the Center of Controversy
BAR interviews Israel Finkelstein
A debate rages among Biblical archaeologists: Was there a United Monarchy under David and Solomon? Should impressive ancient structures throughout Israel be attributed to Solomon or...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2002