Current Digital Issue May/June 2017 Vol. 43 No. 3

About this issue: Plunge into the May/June 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review to see the world-reveal of the digitally recolored and reconstructed Arch of Titus’s menorah panel, a tour of Mary Magdalene’s hometown, archaeologically-confirmed people from the Hebrew Bible, an eminent scholar’s “marriage” of archaeology and the Bible, and much more! Read more…

True Colors: Digital Reconstruction Restores Original Brilliance to the Arch of Titus

Steven Fine, Peter J. Schertz and Donald H. Sanders

Although many Greek and Roman statues and monuments now appear gleaming white (the result of years of weathering), they were originally brightly colored. Using technology, a team has digitally restored a panel from the Arch of Titus—which famously depicts captured treasures from Jerusalem’s Temple being paraded through Rome—to its original color. Read more…

Excavating Mary Magdalene’s Hometown

Marcela Zapata-Meza and Rosaura Sanz-Rincón

Following the discovery of a synagogue at Magdala on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, four ritual purification baths dating to Jesus’ time have been uncovered. These attest to the vibrant religious and social life of the local Jewish community just before it was crushed by the Romans in 67 C.E. Read more…

Whom Do You Believe—The Bible or Archaeology?

William G. Dever

Is the Hebrew Bible a bunch of tales with no value to a historian? Does archaeology hold the keys to truth instead? What are the limitations of both sources of information? Is it even possible to write a comprehensive and honest history of ancient Israel? Focusing on King David as a case study, eminent archaeologist William G. Dever attempts to marry archaeology and the Bible— giving BAR readers a sneak-peak of his upcoming book. Read more…

Archaeology Confirms 3 More Bible People

Lawrence Mykytiuk

Author Lawrence Mykytiuk has updated his popular BAR article “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” from the March/April 2014 issue with evidence of more real Hebrew Bible people. Who makes the new cut? Read more…

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