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Dever Stars at Lackluster Annual Meeting
Let’s come out with it at the beginning. The archaeological presentations at the Annual Meetinga were, by and large, lackluster. There were notable exceptions, of course (some of which will be mentioned anon), but for the most part it was...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1989
Absorbing Archaeology at the Jerusalem Congress
A congress on Biblical archaeology can’t help but be successful in Jerusalem. The subject seeps from Jerusalem’s stones. And the Second International Congress on Biblical Archaeology,...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1990
The New Struggle for the Scrolls: Will They Go to the Palestinians?
Will the Dead Sea Scrolls and the ruins of Qumran, adjacent to the caves where the scrolls were found, be given to the Palestinians? As the Israelis and Palestinians struggle slowly and painfully toward some kind of accommodation that...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2001
Is It Possible to Protect Our Cultural Heritage?
We all condemn looting. But there is little talk about what can effectively be done about it. Telling people not to buy what may be looted antiquities makes the authorities feel good but has virtually no effect on looting. In the September...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2015
The Destruction of Pompeii—God’s Revenge?
Nine years, almost to the day, after Roman legionaries destroyed God’s house in Jerusalem, God destroyed the luxurious watering holes of the Roman elite. Was this God’s revenge? That’s not exactly the question I want to raise, however. Rather...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2010
Interview with David Noel Freedman
The following interview with Professor David Noel Freedman was conducted by BAR Editor Hershel Shanks on November 25, 1979. Professor Freedman has been more influential than anyone else in the United States in publicizing the Ebla tablets. In...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1980
Nahman Avigad, 1905–1992
Nahman Avigad is dead. He died of cancer on January 28, 1992, at age 86. For much of his professional life he lived in the shadow of E. L. Sukenik, Yigael Yadin’s father, whom he served as assistant in such excavations as Beth Alpha and...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1992
The Four-Room House
Ancient Israel's Major Architectural Achievement
Are so-called four-room houses an infallible sign of Israelites’ presence just because many have been found at sites identified as Israelite? If you think they are, how do you avoid the pitfall of circular argumentation, which is implied in this reasoning? Hershel Shanks argues that we might need to look for other historical evidence before we draw conclusions of ethnicity from the floor plans of early Iron Age houses in Biblical lands.
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2017
BAR Interviews Amihai Mazar—A New Generation of Israeli Archaeologists Comes of Age
Jerusalem, April 22, 1983 Hershel Shanks: Ami, in the United States no one, or almost no one, has heard of you. You’re one of the younger generation of Israeli archaeologists. And the reason I want to talk to you about yourself and your work...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1984
I. A Cold Boston Night It is after 8 at night. I am sitting in the reception area of a Boston law firm. The attorneys are still arguing in a conference room. I have been here with our Israeli attorney, Dov Frimer, since 10 in the morning. We...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1993
From Jerusalem’s earliest inscription to the discovery of Solomon’s fortifications, the city has been abuzz with archaeological activity. Our up-tothe-minute report puts the spotlight on these exciting new finds, as well as the projects and scholars who have brought them to light.
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2011
The Tombs of Silwan
Lavish First Temple burial caves of Jerusalem’s elite became, in turn, Roman stone quarries, Byzantine hermit huts, Christian chapels and Muslim cellars
As in Washington, so in Jerusalem: There are some sections you just don’t venture into. In Jerusalem one such section is the village of Silwan, on the eastern slope of the Kidron Valley opposite the City of David (the oldest inhabited part of...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1994
Kathleen Kenyon's Anti-Zionist Politics—Does It Affect Her Work?
What is not in doubt is that Kathleen Kenyon is virulently anti-Zionist. The more subtle question is whether this affects her work as an archaeologist. It is not hard to find Israelis who think it does. Others suggest it is only a...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September 1975
Yigael Yadin 1917–1984
Israel’s most celebrated Biblical archaeologist, Yigael Yadin, died of a heart attack on June 28 at the age of 67. The world of Biblical archaeology has been impoverished. Yadin was struck down at his weekend home in Michmoret on the...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1984
BAR Interviews Avraham Eitan
Antiquities director confronts problems and controversies
Hershel Shanks: Avi, I’m especially appreciative of this interview because over the years we’ve disagreed about many things, but we’ve remained friends, and we’ve always been able to talk about our differences. And that’s a very gratifying...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1986
Archaeology’s Dirty Secret
What may turn out to be a historic meeting took place at Lehigh University last May. Eight senior scholars convened to face what one participant called the profession’s “dirty secret”: Archaeologists love to dig, but hate to write publication...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1994
Fudging with Forgeries
A closer look at Professor Yuval Goren’s “scholarship”
I must confess at the outset that I should be disqualified from writing this piece because its subject, Professor Yuval Goren of Tel Aviv University, has charged me with playing a “pivotal role” in the forgeries alleged in the so-called...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2011
Two Early Israelite Cult Sites Now Questioned
In recent years, two early Israelite cult sites have been discovered. The first is referred to as the “Bull Site” because archaeologists were led to it by the accidental discovery there of a cultic bronze statuette of a bull.a The second...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 1988
Yes, Virginia, There IS an American Biblical Archaeology Museum
(Hint: It’s in Brooklyn)
I have often lamented that, although there are thousands of museums in the United States devoted to every conceivable topic, there is not a single museum here devoted to Biblical archaeology. I have recently been challenged on this assertion—...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2004
Qimron Wins Lawsuit
Paying the price for freeing the scrolls
The Jerusalem court has spoken: Elisha Qimron of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev owns the copyright on the reconstructed text of MMT, one of the most important, and still unpublished, Dead Sea Scrolls. Now the scholarly community will have...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1993