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Current Digital Issue September/October 2017 Vol. 43 No. 5

About this issue: Explore the Biblical sites of Samaria, Hebron and Gath in the September/October 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. Join us as we search for the Temple Menorah, revisit connotations of infertility in the Bible, and delve into how a comet transformed the Roman world. Further, see archaeological evidence that confirms the existence of 23 political figures from the New Testament. Read more…

Samaria—Capital of Israel

Rupert Chapman

King Omri of Israel selected Samaria as his capital and built an elaborate palace there in the ninth century B.C.E. What did this palace look like, and was it destroyed when the Assyrians conquered the kingdom of Israel in 721 B.C.E.? Join Rupert Chapman as he examines this ancient palace. Read more…

Hebron Still Jewish in Second Temple Times

David Ben-Shlomo

Mentioned nearly 100 times in the Hebrew Bible, Hebron was a significant Biblical city. Recent excavations have uncovered the town from the Second Temple period. Its population—we can now confidently say—was still Jewish at that time. Read more…

Did the Temple Menorah Come Back to Jerusalem?

Fredric Brandfon

There is little doubt that the Temple Menorah was taken to Rome after the destruction of Jerusalem. However, Rome was sacked, and the Temple Menorah was looted. After disaster befell the cities that housed it as a spoil of war, was it returned to Jerusalem? Read more…

New Testament Political Figures Confirmed

Lawrence Mykytiuk

53 people from the Hebrew Bible have been confirmed by archaeology. What about the New Testament? Lawrence Mykytiuk examines the political figures in the New Testament who can be identified in the archaeological record and by extra-Biblical writings. Find out who makes the cut. Read more…


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