Feb 15 Blog
For more than a hundred years, an extraordinary water tunnel in Jerusalem has been attributed to King Hezekiah, who dug it to protect the city’s water supply during the Assyrian siege of 701 B.C.E. Hence its name, Hezekiah’s Tunnel. However, recent scholarly publications now argue that the tunnel was not built by Hezekiah but by his predecessor or his successors.
Sep 21 Blog
By: Hershel Shanks
In 1969, barely two years after the 1967 Six-Day War, a team of Israeli archaeologists made an exploratory excavation at the base of one of the numerous sites in the Sinai Peninsula proposed as Biblical Mt. Sinai. It was not long before a member of the team exposed a piece of rock with a single Hebrew letter on it. This naturally led to more intensive excavation in this area, as a result of which additional, larger pieces of inscribed stones were recovered. They were taken to Israel for further study.
Jul 12 Blog
Our article explaining how the two teams of tunnelers who dug the sinuous path of Hezekiah's Tunnel from opposite ends managed to connect produced many interesting reader responses. The responses to these readers’ letters are written by Aryeh Shimron, one of the scholars on whose scientific publications the BAR article is based. The discussion is well worth studying.
Jul 18 Blog
Simon B. Parker was a professor of Hebrew Bible at Boston University’s School of Theology. He taught at the university for 25 years. He died of a brain hemorrhage on April 29 at the age of 66. Parker was an expert in Ugaritic literature and Hebrew inscriptions. He was the editor of the Society of Biblical Literature’s translation series and author of two books and scores of papers and articles.