Current Digital Issue March/April 2015 Vol. 41 No. 2

About this issue: From the freeing of the Dead Sea Scrolls to the debate over the James Ossuary, BAR is no stranger to controversy. Born in March 1975, BAR is celebrating its 40th birthday with the March/April 2015 issue! Dive into the latest issue to look back at the field of Biblical archaeology and learn about exciting new discoveries and insights. Read more…

Biblical Archaeology: Whither and Whence

Hershel Shanks

Giants in the field of Biblical archaeology, Eric and Carol Meyers sit down with BAR’s editor to discuss the past 40 years of Biblical archaeology, including the controversy surrounding the very name Biblical archaeology. Read more…

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament

James C. VanderKam

The Dead Sea Scrolls have long intrigued scholars and the general public alike. They have been transformative in Hebrew Bible studies. But what do they tell us about the New Testament? Can the scrolls provide new insights concerning the writers and texts of the New Testament and the early Christian community? Our author contends the answer is yes. Read more…

Has Jesus’ Nazareth House Been Found?

Ken Dark

A first-century “courtyard house” containing limestone pottery that was popular with Jews at the time was overbuilt with churches from the Byzantine and Crusader periods and tombs from the Early Roman period. Was this Jesus’ boyhood home? Other evidence suggests that Jesus’ Nazareth, contrary to some modern portrayals, was a town rather than a village; it served as a center for villages and farms around it. Read more…

Is It Possible to Protect Our Cultural Heritage?

The destruction of our cultural heritage and the pillage of excavation sites goes on unabated in the aftermath of war and ongoing unrest in the Middle East. What, if anything, can be done? Read more…

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