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Spring 2021 Caption Contest Winners

Biblical Archaeology Review Spring 2021: Winners

And the Winner Is …

image credit: Dan McClellan

“That name is so B.C.!”

—Paul Wiggs, Littleton, Colorado

Thank you to all those who submitted caption entries for our Spring 2021 cartoon, based on Isaiah 8:3: “And I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, Name him Maher-shalalhash- baz.” We are pleased to congratulate Paul Wiggs of Littleton, Colorado, who wrote the winning caption.


“How am I supposed to get that monogrammed on a onesie?”

—Anna McKinney, Vestavia Hills, Alabama

“Couldn’t we just name him Junior?”

—Nancy Sonnier, Vinton, Louisiana

Honorable Mentions:

“But I found it in the book Top Baby Names of the Year for 700 B.C.!”

—Paula M. Schwartzmann, Mesa, Arizona

“I told you his name; now say it fast three times.”

—Carol Lindsley, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

“If you don’t like the name Maher-shalal-hash-baz, just say so.”

—Marilyn Broome, Barton, Vermont

“Why didn’t you tell me you saw this coming?”

—Nickolas Campbell, Columbia, Missouri

“You get to name the next one … I promise!”

—Lucia Nye, Macomb, Michigan

“What if we went with something a little less gender specific?”

—Mark Driskill, Jackson, Kentucky

“No, I don’t think naming him ‘pillage and looting’ should be a problem for his self-image.”

—Craig Repp, Rancho Santa Margarita, California

“What do you think of name Quickly Loot and Plunder?”

—Nello M. Carmichael, Monticello, Georgia

“Our friends in Damascus and Samaria will not be pleased with his name!”

—Willie Gould, Dallas, Georgia

“I wasn’t the one who picked that name!”

—Jerry Sterchi, Fishers, Indiana

“You named him what?”

—Yvonne Meek, Gulf Shores, Alabama

“I know you wanted a girl, but just wait until you hear the name we have for this little fellow.”

—Timothy Standish, Yucaipa, California

“Since only God can say his name, I am going to call him Baz.”

—Bill Ross, Keller, Texas

“Too long, let’s just call him Rob.”

—Bernard Lawrence Witlieb, White Plains, New York

“Can you please spell that, dear?”

—Sandra Waddell, Vansant, Virginia

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