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In all the hubbub and flurry of the verdict last March in the “forgery case of the century,” one question—the central question—seems to have gotten lost: Is the ossuary inscription “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” genuine or not? And...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2012
John Dominic Crossan...A Long Way from Tipperary: What a Former Irish Monk Discovered in His Search for the Truth A Memoir
Bible Review, October 2000
Although he is not an archaeologist, Canadian/Israeli TV journalist and producer Simcha Jacobovici (pronounced Yacobovitch) has made some remarkable archaeological discoveries. For example, the first plague: When pharaoh refused to let the...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2015
Although the famous “Brother of Jesus” inscription on an ancient ossuary (bone box) has been authenticated by two world-class paleographers, American paleographer Christopher Rollston has judged the inscription 75–85 percent a forgery on an Easter-time TV program. Is his judgment based solely on his predilection against unprovenanced inscriptions?
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2015
The first-century Capernaum synagogue in which Jesus preached has probably been found. Because more than one synagogue may have existed in Capernaum at this time, we cannot be sure that this new find was Jesus’ synagogue. But this recently discovered first-century building is certainly a...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1983
Where Jesus Cured the Blind Man
Few places better illustrate the layered history that archaeology uncovers than the little ridge known as the City of David, the oldest inhabited part of Jerusalem. For example, to tell the story of the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus cured the...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2005
Italian archaeologists believe they have uncovered St. Peter’s home
Italian archaeologists claim to have discovered the house were Jesus stayed in Capernaum. Proof positive is still lacking and may never be found, but all signs point to the likelihood that the house of St. Peter where Jesus stayed, near...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1982
IAA Report Shows Evidence for Authenticity of “Jesus”
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) last summer declared the inscription on the James ossuary—which reads, “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus”—to be a fake.a Since then, however, both the reasoning and the conclusion of the IAA report...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2004
Historical Jesus and Jewish roots of Christianity draw overflow audiences
If it were up to me, I would change the name of the Annual Meeting (the joint annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion and the American Schools of Oriental Research [ASOR]) to the Annual Miracle...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1996
Rumor, Gossip and Misinformation Swirl around the James Ossuary Inscription
Intense scholarly disagreements are common in archaeology. Cases of deliberate lying, however, are rare. Is this such a case? If so, what is the motive? When I returned from the Annual...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2004
A major new excavation is being planned for the hometown of one of the most significant figures in the life of Jesus. Often referred to simply as the Magdalene, Mary Magdalene came from Magdala, an important fishing community on the...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2007
Cats can have nine lives, not people. But the case of Dead Sea Scroll specialist Geza Vermes will make you wonder. His remarkable life is now encapsulated in an autobiography, reviewed herein.
Bible Review, June 1999
BAR interviews Père Benoit
Hershel Shanks: Père Benoit, you are in a consummate way representative of the French in Jerusalem, or of the scholarly world of France in Jerusalem. Most people in the United States are not aware that so many different nationalities have...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1986
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
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
Crowds Flock to Toronto Exhibit
News of our exclusive cover story in the last issue about the bone box inscribed “James, the son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” has reverberated around the globe. The day after we...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2003
You can’t understand Christian origins unless you understand the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. So says Professor James H. Charlesworth of Princeton Theological Seminary, and he is clearly riding the crest of modern scholarship. Nobody...
Bible Review, Summer 1987
The famous inscribed ivory pomegranate, which, if authentic, may have been the head of a scepter from Solomon’s Temple, has endured decades of debate. Is the inscription real, or is it a forgery? A meeting between world-class paleographers in the summer of 2015 may have settled the debate.
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2016