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Current Digital Issue September/October 2016 Vol. 42 No. 5

About this issue: As summer draws to a close, some cling to every last moment of the season’s warmth and opportunities—traveling, barbecuing, visiting the pool and the like. Others look forward to the approaching autumn with its cooler temperatures and new beginnings—the start of a new school year and new relationships. Whichever way you gravitate, there’s something for you in the September/October 2016 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, which has its fair share of travels and new beginnings! Read more…

Where Is the Land of Sheba—Arabia or Africa?

Bar Kribus

The meeting of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba is described in the Bible. Bringing exquisite gifts, the Queen of Sheba came from an exotic land—but where exactly? Ethiopians claim the Queen of Sheba as part of their heritage, but archaeological and historical sources document a Kingdom of Saba (Sheba) during Biblical times in modern-day Yemen. Who has the rightful claim to the Queen of Sheba? Read more…

How Biblical Hebrew Changed

Avi Hurvitz

Did the language of the Bible—Biblical Hebrew—evolve over time? Professor Avi Hurvitz argues there are three distinct forms of Biblical Hebrew, each one corresponding to certain parts of the Bible and other ancient texts. Read more…

‘Lost Gospels’—Lost No More

Tony Burke

The apocryphal gospels didn’t make the cut. But were they truly rejected, suppressed and destroyed? Until recent times there was no doubt. But now this “truth” may be unraveling. Many early Christians may have regarded these apocryphal texts as sacred. Read more…

How Bad Was the Babylonian Exile?

Laurie E. Pearce

Was there really weeping from the Judahite exiles by the rivers of Babylon? New evidence suggests that life was actually pretty good for some Judahite deportees and their successors. Read more…


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