Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2020

New year, new look. Delve into the newly redesigned January/February 2020 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. Explore eight excavations in northern Israel, which are literally uncovering the ancient world and rewriting history, and the Iron Age temple at Tel Moẓa (only 4 miles outside of Jerusalem) that seemingly operated at the same time as the Jerusalem Temple. Then, analyze inscriptions from those who survived the destruction of Pompeii and resettled elsewhere. See the significant role that magic and miracles played in the dissemination of Christianity, and uncover five popular myths about women in the New Testament period. Finally, take a close look at the age of the Hebrew Bible and prophecy in ancient Israel.

There is even more available on our website! Visit us online at Bible History Daily to see the latest news in biblical archaeology or delve into additional articles, eBooks, and videos about key Bible and archaeology topics, including a case study on the differences between Classical and Late Biblical Hebrew. For detailed information on the many excavations seeking volunteers in 2020, visit our Digs guide and find the right excavation for you. Plus, read reports—straight from the field—from the 2019 BAS Dig Scholarship recipients. Explore the BAS Library, which features every article ever published in BAR, Bible Review, and Archaeology Odyssey, as well as Special Collections of articles curated by BAS editors.



Digs 2020: 8 Stops in Northern Israel

By Megan Sauter

Starting in the Jezreel Valley and traveling to Upper Galilee, explore eight excavations in northern Israel. These digs are literally uncovering the ancient world and rewriting history.

Another Temple in Judah! The Tale of Tel Moẓa

By Shua Kisilevitz and Oded Lipschits

A puzzling discovery of an Iron Age II temple at Tel Moẓa, only 4 miles outside of Jerusalem, challenges the biblical claims that King Hezekiah centralized worship at Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem and eliminated all rival shrines. In reality, the Tel Moẓa temple fits into the greater economic and administrative context of Judah and reflects an advanced level of localized civic administration in the early ninth century B.C.E.

How Magic and Miracles Spread Christianity

By Robert Knapp

In the early centuries of the Common Era, Christianity spread throughout the Roman world—gaining Jewish and polytheist converts alike. Magic and miracles played a significant role in the dissemination of this new, revolutionary religion.



Adoniyahu Bulla
Roaring to Life
Archaeology Argot | kernos
Graffiti as Devotion
What Is It?
Field Notes | flotation
Classical Corner | Rescuing and Recovering Vesuvius’s Survivors
Then and Now | potholes
Define Intervention | wedjat
Book Review | Ancient Prophecy in Israel and Beyond


5 Myths About Women in the New Testament Period
What’s in a Name? | Melchizedek
5 Questions | Tackling the Old Testament with Teamwork
How Old Is the Hebrew Bible?
Clip Art


First Person | Introducing the New BAR
Queries & Comments
Caption Contest