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Current Digital Issue July/August 2015 Vol. 41 No. 4

About this issue: Solomon’s Temple, the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten, mysterious “sayings” of Jesus and the Aleppo Codex—the July/August 2015 issue of BAR is bursting with ancient mysteries, new discoveries and long-awaited answers. The lead article The Puzzling Doorways of Solomon’s Temple by Madeleine Mumcuoglu and Yosef Garfinkel examines a perplexing description of the doorways of Solomon’s Temple from the Hebrew Bible. Mumcuoglu and Garfinkel believe that a recent discovery at Khirbet Qeiyafa may hold the answer for unlocking this mysterious passage. Read more…

The Puzzling Doorways of Solomon’s Temple

Madeleine Mumcuoglu and Yosef Garfinkel

In the Bible, the inner shrine of Solomon’s Temple is described as having five mezuzot. What are they? The question has puzzled Biblical scholars for centuries. Does a recently discovered shrine model from Khirbet Qeiyafa hold the answer? Read more…

Did Akhenaten’s Monotheism Influence Moses?

Brian Fagan

Pharaoh Akhenaten, who abolished the Egyptian pantheon and instituted worship of a single deity, the sun-disk Aten, in the mid-14th century B.C., may have established the world’s first monotheism. Did this influence the birth of Israelite monotheism? Read more…

The Gospel of Thomas: Jesus Said What?

Simon Gathercole

Enigmatic papyri discovered at the end of the 19th century in an Egyptian desert dump were verified as the Gospel of Thomas half a century later by the discovery of the Nag Hammadi codices. What do these remarkable 114 “Sayings of Jesus” reveal about Jesus and the early vision of Christianity? Read more…

The Mystery of the Missing Pages of the Aleppo Codex

Yosef Ofer

The world’s oldest Hebrew Bible, the Aleppo Codex, is missing pages—and not just a couple leaves, but four of the Five Books of Moses! What happened to them? Were they destroyed in the 1947 riots in Aleppo? Did they disappear en route to Israel, or were they stolen after the codex arrived in Israel? Read more…


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