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Brian Hesse (1944–2011)

06/15 | Brian Hesse, professor of Jewish studies, anthropology and ancient Mediterranean studies at Pennsylvania State University and a leading specialist on ancient animal bones and the zooarchaeology of the Levant, passed   Read more…

Donny George (1950–2011)

06/15 | Donny George, the former head of Iraq’s National Museum and a leading figure in the recovery of antiquities looted from the country’s museums and archaeological sites following the 2003 U.S.-   Read more…

Alan Segal (1945–2011)

04/18 | After a prolonged battle with leukemia, Alan Segal, Ingeborg Rennert Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at Barnard College of Columbia University and a prolific scholar of early Judaism and Christianity,   Read more…

Anson F. Rainey (1930–2011)

04/18 | Anson F. Rainey, Israel’s leading historical geographer of the land of the Bible and a master of cuneiform languages such as Akkadian and Ugaritic, as well as ancient Egyptian (hieroglyphic   Read more…

Vendyl Jones (1930–2010)

04/18 | Vendyl Jones, a Baptist minister turned amateur archaeologist who spent a career in Israel searching for the Ark of the Covenant, passed away in December. He was 80 years old.   Read more…

The House of Peter: The Home of Jesus in Capernaum?

03/29 | Buried beneath the remains of a Byzantine martyrium church, excavators found the ruins of a rather mundane dwelling dating to the first century B.C.   Read more…

Dating of the Samaritan Temple on Mt. Gerizim

03/06 | In “Bells, Pendants, Snakes and Stones” (BAR, November/December 2010), archaeologist Yitzhak Magen revealed evidence of a Samaritan temple at Mt. Gerizim that he dated to the time of Nehemiah, the   Read more…

Shemaryahu Talmon (1920–2010)

02/18 | Shemaryahu Talmon, J.L. Magnes Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and one of the world’s foremost scholars on the Dead Sea Scrolls, passed away in December at   Read more…

Israelite Chariots in the Assyrian Period

01/31 | BAR published a letter from Professor Boyd Seevers concerning what Israelite chariots looked like in the Assyrian period in response to an article by David Ussishkin. Professor Ussishkin’s response to   Read more…

Alan D. Crown (1932–2010)

11/19 | Alan D. Crown, emeritus professor of Semitic studies at the University of Sydney (Australia), where he also earned his Ph.D., died last November after suffering a stroke. He was 78.

Crown   Read more…


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