september-october-2015

Current Digital Issue September/October 2015 Vol. 41 No. 5

About this issue: Was Eve created from Adam’s rib? Did the site of Kadesh-Barnea exist at the time of the Exodus? Was the world’s oldest complete manuscript of the New Testament, the Codex Sinaiticus, stolen? Is the “brother of Jesus” ossuary a forgery? The September/October 2015 issue of BAR tackles these questions and others. In the lead article “Was Eve Made from Adam’s Rib—or His Baculum?” by Ziony Zevit, a controversial Bible translation is put forward. The Book of Genesis tells us that God created woman from one of Adam’s ribs, but Zevit contends that Eve actually came from a different part of Adam’s body—his baculum. Read more…

Was Eve Made from Adam’s Rib—or His Baculum?

Ziony Zevit

The Book of Genesis tells us that God created woman from one of Adam’s ribs. But our author says that the traditional translation of the Biblical text is wrong: Eve came from a different part of Adam’s body—his baculum. Read more…

Kadesh-Barnea—In the Bible and on the Ground

David Ussishkin, Lily Singer-Avitz and Hershel Shanks

Kadesh-Barnea, Tell el-Qudeirat, hasn’t been excavated since the 1980s, but a new pottery analysis indicates a settlement was there at the time of the Exodus. Read more…

Hero or Thief? Constantine Tischendorf Turns Two Hundred

Stanley E. Porter

Two hundred years after Constantine Tischendorf’s birth, questions remain as to the conditions of his removal of Codex Sinaiticus from St. Catherine’s Monastery. Stanley E. Porter contends that Tischendorf should be considered a hero, not a thief. Read more…

Predilections—Is the “Brother of Jesus” Inscription a Forgery?

Hershel Shanks

Although the famous “Brother of Jesus” inscription on an ancient ossuary (bone box) has been authenticated by two world-class paleographers, American paleographer Christopher Rollston has judged the inscription 75–85 percent a forgery on an Easter-time TV program. Is his judgment based solely on his predilection against unprovenanced inscriptions? Read more…


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