Current Digital Issue November/December 2015 Vol. 41 No. 6

About this issue: Where is Cana of Galilee—the place where Jesus performed his first miracle? What is the significance of a pagan mask recently uncovered at Hippos? When did the Masoretes standardize the Hebrew Bible? What is Coptic? The November/December 2015 issue of BAR delves into these questions and many more. Read more…

Searching for Cana: Where Jesus turned Water into Wine

Tom McCollough

Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee when he turned water into wine. Where is Cana? Nine miles from Nazareth, Khirbet Cana is the best candidate. Excavations at the site have revealed a large Christian underground veneration complex. Read more…

Pan at Hippos—Face of Greek God Unearthed

Michael Eisenberg

Excavations at Hippos (Sussita) recovered an enormous bronze mask, most likely depicting the Greek god Pan (or Faunus in the Roman pantheon). Too large and heavy to have been worn as a theater mask, what purpose did it serve? Read more…

Missing Link in Hebrew Bible Formation

Paul Sanders

The oldest Hebrew Bible texts are the Dead Sea Scrolls (c. 250 B.C.E.–115 C.E.), but the most nearly complete copies of the Hebrew Bible are codices from a thousand years ago. What happened in the period between these two discoveries? The Ashkar-Gilson Manuscript fills the gap in our knowledge of this interim period. Read more…

Coptic—Egypt’s Christian Language

Leo Depuydt

When did the ancient Egyptians stop writing in hieroglyphs, and what came next? From the fourth to ninth centuries C.E., Egypt was predominantly Christian. During this time, the language used by the masses was Coptic. What do we know about Coptic, and what has survived from Egypt’s Coptic Christian period? Read more…

Renowned Collector Shlomo Moussaieff Dies at 92

Shlomo Moussaieff, who owned the world’s largest private collection of Near Eastern antiquities, was both despised and celebrated. He recently passed away at 92. Where will his collection go? Read more…

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