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The Emergence of Ancient Israel’s Rival
Did King David do battle with the Edomites? The Bible says he did. It would be unlikely, however, if Edom was not yet a sufficiently complex society to organize and field an army, if Edom was just some nomadic Bedouin tribes roaming around...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2006
How Myth and Archaeology Inform Each Other
In 1876, Heinrich Schliemann completed a season’s excavation at Mycenae, where his faith in Homer’s text was repaid with spectacular success. Having excavated one of the shafts in grave circle A, close by the Lion Gate, Schliemann had come...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2006
BAR Article—“Sussita Awaits the Spade”—Leads to Excavation
Fifteen years ago, I (Arthur Segal) sat in my study reading an article in BAR by Vassilios Tzaferis about Sussita, a dramatic site overlooking the Sea of Galilee that had been destroyed in a violent earthquake in 749 C.E. and had never been...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2006