Inside BAR

March/April 2015


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.

Scholars Eric and Carol Meyers, who first gained national prominence when they discovered the Torah ark at Nabratein, Israel, during the same summer that Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark hit theaters, are giants in the field of Biblical archaeology. In “Biblical Archaeology: Wither and Whence,” the Meyerses sit down with BAR’s editor to discuss the past 40 years of the discipline, including the controversy surrounding the very name “Biblical archaeology.”

Important in the field of Biblical archaeology and transformative in Hebrew Bible studies are the Dead Sea Scrolls, which have long intrigued scholars and the general public alike. 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? In “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament,” James C. VanderKam contends that the answer is yes.

A “courtyard house” from the time of Jesus was discovered in Nazareth. The house was later overbuilt with churches from the Byzantine and Crusader periods, suggesting its significance. Was this Jesus’ boyhood home? See what Ken Dark thinks in “Has Jesus’ Nazareth House Been Found?”

The destruction of our cultural heritage and the pillage of excavations sites goes on unabated in the aftermath of war and ongoing unrest in the Middle East. In “Is it Possible to Protect Our Cultural Heritage?” BAR’s editor wonders what, if anything, can be done.

Also included in this issue is the First Person column BAR’s 40th Birthday” by Hershel Shanks; the Bible in the News column “Water into Wine” by Leonard J. Greenspoon; the Biblical Views column “A Rolling Stone That Was Hard to Roll” by Urban C. von Wahlde; and the Archaeological Views column “A Lucky Discovery Complicates Life” by Jodi Magness. Two reviews are featured as well: “Jewish Art vs. the Rabbis” by Joan R. Branham, which reviews Visual Judaism in Late Antiquity: Historical Contexts of Jewish Art by Lee I. Levine, and “A Case for Christianity” by James D.G. Dunn, which reviews Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel by David Limbaugh.

Visit us online at Bible History Daily to see the latest news in Biblical archaeology, as well as additional articles and videos about key Bible and archaeology topics, and peruse our collection of over 20 free eBooks. Continue celebrating BAR’s 40th anniversary by going online to see our special anniversary collection: Learn what inspired editor Hershel Shanks to create a Biblical archaeology magazine for a broad audience, how BAR came into fruition and more!

With Passover and Easter around the corner, be sure to check out BAS resources that provide background material for these two significant holidays. See The Exodus Special Collection in the BAS Library, which includes articles from BAR about the most dramatic event in the Hebrew Bible: the flight of the Israelites from Egypt and their miraculous escape across the Red Sea. Then, read about the most miraculous event in the New Testament, the resurrection of Jesus, in our free eBook Easter: Exploring the Resurrection of Jesus. If you haven’t tried our digital issue, check it out by downloading our highly-rated app, available on Android, iPad and Kindle Fire tablets. Be sure to explore the BAS Library, which features every article ever published in BAR, Bible Review, and Archaeology Odyssey, all footnoted articles in BAR Notables and Special Collections of articles curated by BAS editors.

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