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Minhagim, Venice, 1593, BM700.I818 1593, Fol. 73v – Purim.
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Minhagim, Venice, 1593, BM700.I818 1593, Fol. 73v – Purim.

                                   

The Galilee Boat—2,000-Year-Old Hull Recovered Intact, Shelley Wachsmann, BAR 14:05, Sep/Oct 1988
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The Galilee Boat—2,000-Year-Old Hull Recovered Intact, Shelley Wachsmann, BAR 14:05, Sep/Oct 1988

A severe drought gripped Israel in 1985 and 1986. The winter rains barely came. Water was pumped from the Sea of Galilee to irrigate parched fields throughout the country. Predictably, the Kinneret (the Hebrew name of the freshwater inland lake also known as the Sea of Galilee) shrank. Wide expanses of lakebed, normally covered with […]

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Name of Deuteronomy’s Author Found on Seal Ring, Josette Elayi, BAR 13:05, Sep/Oct 1987
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Name of Deuteronomy’s Author Found on Seal Ring, Josette Elayi, BAR 13:05, Sep/Oct 1987

It was at a party sponsored by the University of Paris in June 1984. We were chatting about nothing in particular when a friend of my husband’s mentioned that he had recently seen some Phoenician antiquities at the home of a Paris collector, more specifically a beautiful ring containing a seal that appeared to have […]

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Jeremiah’s Scribe and Confidant Speaks from a Hoard of Clay Bullae, Hershel Shanks, BAR 13:05, Sep/Oct 1987
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Jeremiah’s Scribe and Confidant Speaks from a Hoard of Clay Bullae, Hershel Shanks, BAR 13:05, Sep/Oct 1987

Seldom does archaeology come face to face with people actually mentioned in the Bible. When that happens, the discovery takes on a unique immediacy, touched with awe. When a hoard of inscribed Hebrew bullae surfaced on the antiques market and was found to contain a bulla impressed with the name of Baruch, son of Neriah, […]

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2 Kings 24-15; 25-27–30
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2 Kings 24-15; 25-27–30

2 Kings 24-15 15 And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon; and the king’s mother, and the king’s wives, and his officers, and the chief men of the land, carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. 2 Kings 25-27–30 27 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity […]

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Exod. 22-25–26; Deut. 24-12–15, 17; Amos 2-8
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Exod. 22-25–26; Deut. 24-12–15, 17; Amos 2-8

Exod. 22-25–26 25 If thou at all take thy neighbour’s garment to pledge, thou shalt restore it unto him by that the sun goeth down; 26 for that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin; wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto Me, that […]

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Tel Jezreel
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Tel Jezreel

One day in 1989 rumor reached me that monumental Israelite architecture had accidentally been uncovered at Tel Jezreel in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel. I was then, as now, a professional archaeologist who studies the Biblical period. I have always been inspired by the Bible and the historical events described in it, as well […]

Rare Bronze Statue of Hadrian Found by Tourist By Suzanne F. Singer
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Rare Bronze Statue of Hadrian Found by Tourist By Suzanne F. Singer

Shortly after major pieces of an extraordinary bronze statue had been dug up illegally by an American tourist, Gideon Foerster of the Israel Department of Antiquities received an urgent call from a former student describing the find. The tourist, an American named Morton Leventhal, had been wandering around with a metal detector looking for ancient […]

Has Joshua’s Altar Been Found on Mt. Ebal? Adam Zertal, BAR 11:01, Jan/Feb 1985
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Has Joshua’s Altar Been Found on Mt. Ebal? Adam Zertal, BAR 11:01, Jan/Feb 1985

To appreciate fully the significance of the unique altar and cult center we are excavating on Mt. Ebal, one must first understand the archaeological context in which these discoveries were made. We found the altar and cult center, not in the course of excavating a tell, but in the course of conducting an archaeological survey. […]

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“From These Hills … ” Suzanne F. Singer, BAR 4-2, Jun 1978.
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“From These Hills … ” Suzanne F. Singer, BAR 4-2, Jun 1978.

For almost two decades and still continuing, Israeli archaeologist Beno Rothenberg has investigated the Timna Valley—called in Arabic wadi Mene’iyeh and known to thousands of visitors as “King Solomon’s Mines”. At first Rothenberg came almost alone to this isolated spot in the Negev about 20 miles north of Eilat, but in recent years he organized […]

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