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Sami Rohr (1926–2012)

12/12 | After I enlisted the prominent Christian philanthropist John Mancini as the sponsor of the Mancini Prize for the best paper on the archaeology of early Christianity and the patristic period   Read more…

Itamar Singer (1946–2012)

12/12 | Tel-Aviv University historian and BAR author Itamar Singer died in September after a long illness. He was 65.   Read more…

Gus Van Beek (1922–2012)

12/12 | Gus Van Beek, archaeologist and Smithsonian curator, died in August. He was 90 years old.   Read more…

Hasmonean Farm Identified in West Jerusalem

12/11 | Archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority have uncovered a large, well-constructed agricultural estate in west Jerusalem that dates to the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The remains, which include a wine   Read more…

Merneptah Owned Egypt’s Largest Sarcophagus

12/10 | Pharaoh Merneptah, who infamously boasted in a victory stela of having laid waste to the Israelites in the waning years of the 13th century B.C.E., was buried in the largest   Read more…

Researchers Find Earliest Depiction of Egyptian Pharaoh

12/06 | Yale University researchers studying a long forgotten rock art panel northwest of Aswan in Egypt believe they may have discovered the earliest known depiction of an Egyptian ruler.   Read more…

Did Climate Change Bring Sumerian Civilization to an End?

12/05 | A geologist with the Byrd Polar Research Center believes that more than 200 years of excessive drought may have doomed the Sumerians, one of the world’s first complex civilizations whose   Read more…

The Wright Stuff

12/04 | It seems, to me at least, that we—all of us who care about Biblical Studies—are in danger of losing our individual and collective memories about major figures in our field.   Read more…

Give and Take with Gifts and Tackles

12/04 | The Book of Acts (20:35) preserves this saying from Jesus: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” In slightly revised form (“It is better …”), this phrase is   Read more…

Archaeologists Expose Israel’s Largest Hellenistic Harbor

12/03 | Excavations at Akko (Acre) have exposed archaeological evidence of the Israel’s largest Hellenistic harbor, according to an Israel Antiquities Authority Press release Tuesday, July 17, 2012.   Read more…


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