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Theater Masks in Turkey Point to Traveling Roman Troupe

08/29 | Archaeologists suggest that the recent discovery of Roman-style bronze and iron theater masks in southeastern Turkey may have come from a traveling theater troupe, perhaps from as far away as   Read more…

Of Pirates and Virgins: Greek and Turkish Scholars Colloquiating

08/28 | The invitation to attend the Second Greek-Turkish Symposium on Epigraphy in May was one I couldn’t turn down. It had been extended by Mustafa Adak, the chairperson of the epigraphy   Read more…

ISRAEL APPEALS FORGERY DECISION

08/27 | The Israel government has appealed Jerusalem Judge Aharon Farkash’s decision in the case of the “Jehoash” inscription, an inscription which, if authentic, would be the only surviving royal Israelite inscription.   Read more…

Assessing Biblical Atlases

08/27 | Harold Brodsky reviews “The New Moody Atlas of the Bible” and “Zondervan Atlas of the Bible” by Barry J. Beitzel and Carl G. Rasmussen.   Read more…

The Roots of Indo-European Language

08/24 | The Indo-European language family is the largest linguistic group in the world; three out of the four most spoken languages in the world (Spanish, English and Hindi) derive from Indo-European   Read more…

What’s the Oldest Hebrew Inscription? A Reply to Christopher Rollston

08/22 | In the May/June 2012 BAR, epigrapher Christopher A. Rollston’s “What’s the Oldest Hebrew Inscription?” rejected four contenders as candidates for the oldest Hebrew inscription: the Qeiyafa Ostracon, the Gezer Calendar,   Read more…

Biblical Israel with Donkeys and…Wi-Fi?

08/22 | In a bizarre twist of the old and new, the Israeli reenactment park Kfar Kedem, which offers tourists a glimpse of life in an ancient Jewish village in Galilee, has   Read more…

Tracing Drought in Ancient Egypt through Pollen Analysis

08/20 | Researchers investigating pollen and charcoal in the Nile Delta revealed a connection between the buried assemblages and a drought in ancient Egypt that precipitated the collapse of the Old Kingdom.   Read more…

A Jewel from the Crown

08/17 | It was celebrated as the “Crown of Aleppo.” The Aleppo Codex, a thousand- year-old copy of the Hebrew Bible, was created in about 930 C.E. and edited by Aharon Ben   Read more…

Another View: Christopher Rollston’s Methodology of Caution

08/17 | Yosef Garfinkel responds to Christopher Rollston’s “What’s the Oldest Hebrew Inscription?”   Read more…


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