Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2019

With Passover and Easter around the corner, check out the March/April 2019 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, which is bursting with ancient religious iconography and architecture. Join us on a hunt for the earliest images of Jesus’s resurrection, Jewish graffiti around the Mediterranean world, and ancient Israelite architecture designed to accommodate ritual impurity. See what people ate in Roman Palestine and investigate the apocalyptic world of 1 Peter. Finally, journey to the ancient sites of Colossae in Turkey and Susa in Iran!

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 one by John Dominic Crossan and Sarah Sexton Crossan about their search for the earliest depictions of Jesus’s resurrection—the original Easter vision. Explore evidence for the Exodus, one of the most dramatic events in the Hebrew Bible, and for the Israelites in Egypt by checking out the free eBook Ancient Israel in Egypt and the Exodus. 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, including one about the sites where Jesus walked.



Masada Shall Never Fail (to Surprise) Again

By John Dominic Crossan and Sarah Sexton Crossan

All of the main events in Jesus’s life are directly described in the New Testament—except for the Resurrection. This central event happens off-screen and is not directly witnessed. As a result, early Christians created two very different depictions of this moment. Join the Crossans as they hunt for the earliest images of Jesus’s resurrection—and attempt to resurrect the original Easter vision.

Biblical Archaeology 101: The Ancient Diet of Roman Palestine

By Susan Weingarten

What did people eat in Roman Palestine? Milk and honey? Olive oil and wine? Food historian Susan Weingarten takes readers on a culinary adventure through historical and archaeological remains to reconstruct the diet of the average person in Roman Palestine.

Purity and Impurity in Iron Age Israel

By Avraham Faust

Purification practices of ancient Israelite society before the introduction of mikva’ot remain largely unexplored. Recent excavations at Tel ‘Eton, in the southeastern Shephelah, yielded rich data on household life and practices in the tenth through the eighth centuries B.C.E. A large four-room house at Tel ‘Eton offers a rare glimpse of how Iron Age Israelites coped with the issues of ritual impurity, and it enables the author to reconstruct the purification ritual.

Colossae—Colossal in Name Only?

By Michael Trainor

The once great city of Colossae in modern Turkey has never been excavated. To the untrained eye, the site may appear unimpressive, but great archaeological treasures lie beneath its surface. Join Michael Trainor on an exploration of this ancient city awaiting the spade!


First Person: Was Pontius Pilate’s Ring Discovered at Herodium?

By Robert R. Cargill

Site-Seeing: Surprising Susa

By Todd Bolen

Biblical Views: As in the Days of Noah: The Apocalyptic World of 1 Peter

By Katie Marcar

Archaeological Views: Jewish Graffiti—Glimpsing the Forgotten Lives of Antiquity

By Karen B. Stern


Putting a Price Tag on History
Acting Out Revenge: Babylonian Style
Israel to Egypt: Go Fish!
Do You Remember?
ACOR’s Photos Online
Exhibit Watch
Cartoon Caption Contest


The Human Drama of St. Paul
Paul: A Biography
Reviewed by Joshua McNall

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