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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
Santa and His Asherah
The ancient Near Eastern roots of American Yuletide customs are manifold and fascinating. I will concentrate here on just two major points: that the Christmas tree was originally a symbol of the Canaanite goddess Asherah and that Santa Claus...
Bible Review, December 1998
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
Magnificent Obsession: The Private World of an Antiquities Collector
The first time I telephoned Shlomo Moussaieff I naturally began by introducing myself. “I’m Hershel Shanks, editor of—” “I know who you are,” he interrupted. “I’ve been avoiding you for 20 years.” He has a high-pitched, almost whiny voice,...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1996
The Exodus and the Crossing of the Red Sea, According to Hans Goedicke
Leading scholar unveils new evidence and new conclusions; search goes on for archaeological support
The crossing of the Red Sea in which the Egyptians drowned was an actual historical event that occurred in 1477 B.C. The miraculous episode took place in the coastal plain south of Lake Menzaleh, west of what is now the Suez Canal. The...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1981
7,200 Scholars and two precious artifacts come to Washington for the Annual Meeting
For nine years, I have written reviews of the Annual Meetinga as objectively as possible. This year, however, I admit to being prejudiced—prejudiced in favor of this year’s meeting...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1994
A Short History of BAR
Talk about vision. I certainly had none when I started BAR. It began almost by accident, as an avocation. If I had any fixed notion, it was that it would be a magazine of ideas, not pictures. Excavations in Israel were full of stones, not...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1995
Roundup of Annual Meetings
There’s Nothing Flat in San Antonio
The Annual Meetings were held in San Antonio, Texas, this year. They say that you can go outside the city where there are no buildings and the land is so flat that if you take a good pair of binoculars, you can see the back of your head. The...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2005
Will King Hezekiah Be Dislodged from His Tunnel?
It is one of the most famous sites in Jerusalem—right up there after the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall. And it is also one of the most exciting to visit—Hezekiah’s Tunnel. But is it really his? The...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2013