Mar 23 Blog
The famous inscribed ivory pomegranate, which, if authentic, may have been the head of a scepter from Solomon’s Temple, has endured decades of debate. Is the inscription real, or is it a forgery? A meeting between world-class paleographers in the summer of 2015 may have settled the debate.
Jun 14 Blog
By: Reviewed by Alan Millard
Did ancient Israelites write? Is there evidence apart from the Hebrew Bible? If so, what did they write? And who could write? Inscriptions on stone, notes and scribbles on pots and potsherds, names on seals and other writings are often so interesting you don’t ask how they were written or who the writers were. Chris Rollston does that in this readable new book.
Apr 13 Blog
The Biblical archaeology world has been abuzz ever since Oded Golan and Robert Deutsch were declared not guilty in the March 14th James Ossuary forgery trial verdict. The verdict sparked renewed discussion of the authenticity of the alleged forgeries, but sadly, much of the discussion on the forgery trial verdict and the James Ossuary ignores the wealth of scholarship available on the artifacts and trial.
Mar 13 Blog
Just before the James Ossuary trial, Biblical Archaeology Review editor Hershel Shanks delivered a public lecture at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem explaining why the Israel Antiquities Authority had failed to make a convincing case that the James Ossuary inscription—reading “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus”—is a forgery.
Mar 12 Blog
This Wednesday, March 14, Jerusalem judge Aharon Farkash delivers his verdict in the “forgery trial of the century.” He will be deciding whether the case’s two remaining defendants, Tel Aviv collector Oded Golan and antiquities dealer and scholar Robert Deutsch, are guilty of creating and selling forged antiquities.