By: Marek Dospěl
The few surviving Torah scrolls that are this old are all very fragmentary and almost illegible. It is thus exciting to find a very old, well-preserved Torah scroll, even if it’s only a fragment, a single sheet.
In “Bells, Pendants, Snakes and Stones” (BAR, November/December 2010), archaeologist Yitzhak Magen revealed evidence of a Samaritan temple at Mt. Gerizim that he dated to the time of Nehemiah, the fifth century B.C.E. In response, a reader asked for clarification about the date, which conflicts with Josephus’s account of events surrounding the Samaritan temple’s construction. Yitzhak Magen replied with a detailed explanation of the temple dating and timeline of related events.
By: BAS Staff
Season after season, archaeologists have uncovered stunning mosaics at Huqoq’s synagogue in Galilee.
In a series of web-exclusive articles written by pioneering scholars developing the Digital Humanities, learn how this emerging field of study is helping to analyze textual and archaeological data—and how you can help.
A New York jury returned a verdict of guilty on 30 of 31 counts against 50-year-old Raphael Golb, son of University of Chicago Dead Sea Scroll scholar Norman Golb. Thus ended Raphael Golb’s three week trial in which he admitted to originating hundreds of emails and blogs, in some of which he used fake accounts to impersonate prominent scroll scholar Lawrence Schiffman of New York University.
By: Yitzhak Meitlis
In the September/October 2014 issue of BAR, Itzhaq Shai reviewed Yitzhak Meitlis’s book Excavating the Bible (Eshel Books, 2012). Here, Meitlis responds to Shai’s review.
In the May/June 2012 BAR, epigrapher Christopher A. Rollston considered four contenders as candidates for the oldest Hebrew inscription. Rollston’s thoughtful discussion was met by dissenting responses from distinguished archaeological and Biblical scholars, including Yosef Garfinkel and Aaron Demsky.