Current Digital Issue January/February 2015 Vol. 41 No. 1

About this issue: With the holidays approaching, much of the world has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Twinkling lights cover houses, bushes and trees. Snowmen sit proud on top of lawns of snow. Ice skates cut intricate designs into frozen ponds, and every steep hill becomes coveted sledding territory. Despite the cold, try to stay warm this winter by sitting next to a crackling fire, enjoying a warm cookie, or reading about past and upcoming archaeological excavations in the hot, summer sun. Our annual “Dig” issue, the January/February 2015 issue of BAR provides reports and images from the 2014 dig season and lists opportunities to get involved in an excavation this summer! Read more…

Digs 2015: Blast from the Past

Megan Sauter

BAR has been highlighting excavation opportunities for the past 40 years. This year, in addition to sharing reports and images from the 2014 excavation season, we check in with individuals featured on the cover of past “Dig” issues, along with some BAS scholarship recipients, to see what they’re doing now. Read their updates and explore excavation opportunities in 2015 with our annual dig guide. Read more…

Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible

Lawrence Mykytiuk

Did Jesus of Nazareth, “the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5), really exist? What’s the evidence outside of the Bible? Classical and Jewish writings from the first several centuries C.E. give us a glimpse of the person who would become the central figure in Christianity mere decades after his crucifixion. Read more…

Anastylosis at Machaerus

Győző Vörös

Machaerus—Herod’s palace-fortress where Salome danced and John the Baptist was beheaded—soars above its surroundings east of the Dead Sea. This impressive site has recently been restored—using architectural elements original to the site. Győző Vörös explains this process, called anastylosis. Read more…

Commemorating a Covenant

Ten monumental standing stones sanctify the Gezer High Place. These orthostats—some more than 10 feet tall—have intrigued visitors for years. What’s the purpose of these stones? Were they set up to memorialize a covenant made at the site? Read more…

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