Current Digital Issue January/February 2017 Vol. 43 No. 1

About this issue: Although the weather outside is frightful, BAR is so delightful, and since you’ve no place to go, read it slow, read it slow, read it slow. Despite the cold of winter, now is the time to think ahead to summer 2017—and make plans to excavate the Biblical world. Explore new archaeological discoveries in the January/February 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, including opportunities to join a dig. Read more…

Digs 2017: Digging Through Time

Ellen White

Each year students and volunteers from around the world travel through time by participating in excavations. We explore the history of the land of the Bible as we dig into the archaeological past. Learn about this year’s exciting excavation opportunities! Read more…

REJECTED! Qeiyafa’s Unlikely Second Gate

Yosef Garfi nkel, Saar Ganor and Joseph Baruch Silver

Excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa have uncovered a second city gate from the 10th century B.C.E., the time of King David’s reign. No other site from this period has more than one gate. What do Qeiyafa’s two city gates tell us about the Kingdom of Judah in David’s time? Read more…

How Hebrew Became a Holy Language

Jan Joosten

In the Genesis creation narratives, God arguably speaks Hebrew; in fact, everyone speaks Hebrew until the Tower of Babel. If Hebrew were a holy language, one would expect it to be unique—set apart from other languages—but it is not. Perhaps Hebrew did not start out holy—but instead became holy. Read more…

The Pool of Siloam Has Been Found, but Where Is the Pool of Siloam?

Hershel Shanks

Where is the original Pool of Siloam, the water pool that fed Jerusalem in the First Temple period? While the Roman-period Pool of Siloam—where Jesus cured the blind man—has recently been discovered, the earlier Pool of Siloam remains unknown. BAR’s editor investigates a possible location—another piece of the great Jerusalem water system puzzle. Read more…

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