Biblical Archaeology Review, Summer 2021

In the Summer 2021 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, read touching tributes from family, friends, and BAS staff as they remember the late Hershel Shanks, BAR’s founder and Editor Emeritus. But, as Hershel no doubt would have wanted, the summer issue features a little something for everyone interested in the Bible and archaeology! Find out how many New Testament religious figures can be identified from evidence beyond the Bible, or learn about the ancient Hebrew alphabet and its usage for more than a millennium. Read how early translations of the Hebrew word for “ark” influenced ancient depictions of Noah’s fabled seaworthy vessel in surprising ways. The Summer 2021 issue also charts the routes used by Jesus and other Jewish pilgrims to reach Jerusalem, looks at an expanded re-telling of Noah’s birth preserved in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and examines fingerprints preserved on ancient pottery.

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. Investigate Egyptian artistic influences on the Ark of the Covenant in an article by Egyptologist and Bible scholar David Falk. Then explore a detailed report of recent salvage excavations at Tel Beit Shemesh by archaeologist Boaz Gross. Read the many tributes offered in memory of Hershel Shanks, and leave your own remembrances of Hershel’s life and legacy in the page’s comments section.

Finally, All-Access Members can  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.




New Testament Religious Figures Confirmed

By Lawrence Mykytiuk

In the pages of BAR, Lawrence Mykytiuk has demonstrated that archaeology and extra-biblical writings attest to the existence of 53 figures from the Hebrew Bible, Jesus, and 23 political figures from the New Testament. Now, find out how many New Testament religious figures can be identified from evidence beyond the Bible.

A Very Brief History of Old Hebrew Script

By Matthieu Richelle

From biblical texts to royal inscriptions, see how the Old Hebrew script—the alphabet used by the inhabitants of Judah and Israel during the monarchic period—developed, evolved, and surprisingly survived over a millennium.

The Curious Case of Noah’s … Box?

By Shelley Wachsmann

Many early Christian and Jewish representations of Noah’s ark depict it as a box on legs. Learn how early translations of the biblical text may have led to the confusion.



Mud-Crusted Mummy
New Scrolls from the Judean Desert
Return to Palmyra
Where Is It?
Remembering Our Founder: Hershel Shanks (1930–2021)
Book Review: Ancient Caesarea Brought to Life
Making an Impression: How Fingerprints Can Identify Ancient Potters
Then and Now: Counterfeit Currency


Jesus and His Pilgrimage Practices
5 Questions: Meet BAR’s New Editor
Clip Art
Biblical Profile: The Birth of Noah
Biblical Bestiary: Lion


First Person: A Moment for Reflection…And New Beginnings
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