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New Orleans Gumbo
Plenty of spice at Annual Meeting
I suppose I should have known it would happen someday. Perhaps the next thing will be a Ph.D. dissertation analyzing the “BAR phenomenon.” The scholarly community sometimes can’t quite understand us—so it tries to explain us. Absent a full-...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1997
The Kitchen Debate
Three Scholars Discuss a Major New Book on History and the Bible
When we received a copy of Kenneth A. Kitchen’s new book, On the Reliability of the Old Testament, we knew that we should review it. Kitchen is one of the world’s leading scholars (he specializes in Egyptology), and the subject matter of the book—how historically accurate is the Bible?—is of central interest to many of our readers. We asked Ronald Hendel, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley and a columnist for our sister magazine, Bible Review, to review it for us.
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2005
The Dangers of Dividing Disciplines
I have had a long-standing public disagreement with my friend Bill Dever, one of the United States’ leading archaeologists, concerning the term “Biblical archaeology.” Some years ago Bill argued that Biblical archaeology was not an academic...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1992
BAR Becomes Ten!
BAR is entering its tenth year. For us—and we hope for our readers—this is indeed cause for celebration. We have, we believe, now demonstrated several things: 1. A widespread public is seriously interested in high-level scholarship in...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1984
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
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
“Annual Miracle” Visits Philadelphia
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
Scholars Speak Out
What is Biblical archaeology’s greatest achievement? What is Biblical archaeology’s greatest failure? What is Biblical archaeology’s greatest challenge? BAR asked a wide variety of scholars to answer these three questions. Their replies...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1995
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
Long-Winded in the Windy City
“Overwhelming” is the only word to describe the 1994 Annual Meeting,a where 7,500 scholars attended more than 700 presentations. Imagine jumping into a huge wave high above your head, extending for miles along the shore on either side...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1995
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 Secret Gospel of Mark
Is It Real? And Does It Identify “Bethany beyond the Jordan”?
In the preceding article, Rami Khouri lays out the case for identifying Wadi el-Kharrar as the New Testament’s “Bethany beyond the Jordan,” the site where John baptized. There may be another piece of evidence strengthening that case—and it...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2005
Ferment in Byzantine Studies
For more than 50 years, Dumbarton Oaks, the prestigious Byzantine study center in Washington, D.C. run by Harvard University, has held an annual conference of Byzantine scholars from all over the world. This year’s conference,a for the first...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1995
Chief Scroll Editor Opens Up—An Interview with Emanuel Tov
For more than a decade, Hebrew University professor Emanuel Tov has been in charge of the scholarly team that is publishing the Dead Sea Scrolls. It hasn’t always been easy; but now, with the 37th volume of the Discoveries in the Judean...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2002
Is the Vatican Suppressing the Dead Sea Scrolls?
A book that will soon be available in the United States was recently published in England under the title The Dead Sea Scroll Deception by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh (Jonathan Cape, 1991).1 The book’s thesis is that the Vatican...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1991
Wrestling with Scripture
Phyllis Trible Obtains a Blessing, but It Comes at a Cost: She Limps
Phyllis Trible is surely one of the most distinguished feminist Biblical scholars in the world. In 1994, she served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature, only the second woman to serve in that capacity since the organization was...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2006
The Religious Message of the Bible
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
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
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