Inside BAR

May/June 2017


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!

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 led by Steven Fine, Peter J. Schertz and Donald H. Sanders 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. BAR readers are the first to see this colorful reconstruction in the article “True Colors: Digital Reconstruction Restores Original Brilliance to the Arch of Titus.”

Join Marcela Zapata-Meza and Rosaura Sanz-Rincón on a tour of the hometown of Mary Magdalene in their BAR article “Excavating Mary Magdalene’s Hometown.” 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 at the site. 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.

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 in his article “Whom Do You Believe—The Bible or Archaeology?”—giving BAR readers a sneak-peak of his upcoming book.

Author Lawrence Mykytiuk has updated his popular BAR article “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” with evidence of more real Hebrew Bible people. See who makes the new cut in “Archaeology Confirms 3 More Bible People.”

Also included in this issue are the First Person column “Was the Dead Sea Scroll Community Celibate?” by Hershel Shanks; the Site-Seeing column “Petra’s Temple of the Winged Lions” by Glenn J. Corbett; the Biblical Views column “Biblical Scholarship at Risk” by Ronald S. Hendel; the Archaeological Views column “One Thing Leads to Another” by Daniel Warner and Eli Yannai; and a review by Bruce Chilton of Jesus and Magic: Freeing the Gospel Stories from Modern Misconceptions (Cascade Books, 2014) by Richard A. Horsley.

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, including an exclusive video of the groundbreaking digital reconstruction work on the Arch of Titus done by Steven Fine, Peter J. Schertz and Donald H. Sanders. Read additional articles on the site of Magdala by dig director Marcela Zapata-Meza and get an in-depth look at the Magdala Stone. Visit our new BAS Streaming Video Site to stream or download lectures about the Bible and archaeology by world experts from the comfort of your home, office or classroom. And 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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