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The Persisting Uncertainties of Kuntillet ‘Ajrud
Everything about it has been difficult. Located in the Sinai desert about 10 miles west of the ancient Gaza Road (Darb Ghazza, in Arabic) as it passes through Bedouin territory separating the Negev from Egypt, it is remote and isolated from...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2012
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
How Moses Shapira forged an entire civilization
Moses Wilhelm Shapira is best known for the so-called Shapira Strips, narrow fragments of supposedly ancient parchment on which were inscribed a somewhat different version of the Ten Commandments from Deuteronomy than is known from the Bible...
Archaeology Odyssey, September/October 2002
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
Bringing Collectors (and Their Collections) Out of Hiding
At the end of the late Nahman Avigad’s magisterial Corpus of West Semitic Stamp Sealsa appear a number of indices and lists that are not only helpful to scholars but also interesting to thumb through at odd moments. Leafing through the...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1999
“Revolt” Coins Minted on Temple Mount
The Royal Stoa at the southern end of Herod’s Temple Mount was “a structure more noteworthy than any under the sun,” according to Josephus. And when the First Jewish Revolt broke out in 66 C.E., this magnificent building became a hub for rebel coin minting
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2011
Isaiah Among the Scrolls
In 2011, more than 60 years after the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by the Bedouin in what became known as Qumran Cave 1, a splendid new edition of the Great Isaiah Scroll—1QIsaa, in more technical language—has been published...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2011
Iphigenia & Isaac
Saved at the altar
Iphigenia and Isaac, an unlikely pair. Yet both were almost sacrificed—one to a Greek goddess and the other to the universal Israelite God. Both Iphigenia and Isaac were innocent of any wrongdoing. In the end, both were saved when the deity...
Archaeology Odyssey, May/June 2002
God as Divine Kinsman
What covenant meant in ancient Israel
The covenant between God and the people of Israel “must be understood on the basis of political and judicial categories,” declares the highly regarded HarperCollins Bible Dictionary.1 Well, yes and no. In a groundbreaking...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1999
The Interrupted Search for King David’s Palace
Eilat Mazar was forced to put her excavation of what may be King David’s palace on hold to excavate the collapsing Northern Tower. Her amazing discoveries were worth it.
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2016
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
Elie Borowski Seeks a Home for His Collection
Eliechish, his brothers called him. Elie the dreamer. He does not deny it; he is a dreamer. Today he is 71 years old and still dreaming. One of Elie Borowski’s dreams is 20 years old. Whether it will ever be realized is still an open question...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1985
After Hadrian’s Banishment: Jews in Christian Jerusalem
This article has been adapted by BAR editor Hershel Shanks from a lengthy scholarly study by Professors Yoram Tsafrir and Leah di Segni of Hebrew University in Liber Annuus, published by the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum.1 This...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2014
Egypt’s Chief Archaeologist Defends His Rights (and Wrongs)
On Sunday, January 16, I interviewed Zahi Hawass in his office in Zamalek, the elegant Cairene island in the Nile and home of the Gezira Sports Club, from which Hawass commanded an army of 32,000 employees as secretary general of the Supreme...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2011
How BAR Was Born
A reason to return to Jerusalem
In 1972 Hershel Shanks took a sabbatical from his legal practice in Washington, D.C. He and his family went to Jerusalem for a year. Once there, the Shanks family became part of a network of friends and colleagues who comprised some of the...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August September/October 2009
Abraham’s Ur: Is the Pope Going to the Wrong Place?
Pope John Paul II is planning a millennium pilgrimage in 2000 that will take him to Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Sinai—and Iraq! Why Iraq? Because that is where the patriarch Abraham was born—...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2000
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
Archaeological Hot Spots
A roundup of digs in Israel
In an oft-repeated story that the Patent Office denies, a 19th-century Commissioner of Patents announced that he would retire because everything that could be invented would soon be invented. I was reminded of this story as I traveled from...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1996
1987 Annual Meeting in Boston: A Wild, Wonderful Academic Circus
There is nothing quite like it—the joint once-a-year sessions of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), known to all as the Annual Meeting. For...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1988
When 5,613 Scholars Get Together in One Place—The Annual Meeting, 1990
A maturing generation of brilliant young scholars went far toward making the 1990 Annual Meetinga a resounding success. Many of these young scholars are women. For four days in November, 5,613 attendees listened to scholarly presentations in...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1991