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A Dead Sea Scroll in Stone

BAR Voices

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The BAR Companion
from the publishers of BAR

July 9, 2008

A Dead Sea Scroll in Stone

Does it contain the earliest reference to a risen Messiah?

There has been a swirl of news reports on a fascinating ancient text, called "Gabriel’s Vision," that is just like the Dead Sea Scrolls except that it is written on a stone tablet. The first popular article on this intriguing tablet appeared in Biblical Archaeology Review. Read this article by scholar Ada Yardeni, as well as a Hebrew transcription and an English translation,  on our Web site. Also on the site is a sneak peek at an upcoming BAR article by Bible scholar Israel Knohl that will explore this text’s concept of the Messiah.

Just Added: BAR Voices

Read a variety of opinions

We’re proud to announce a new feature on our Web site: BAR Voices. This new section, along the right side of our home page, presents a number of opinions on topics of interest today. You can read two thought-provoking columns, by New Testament scholar Ben Witherington and archaeologist Ryan Byrne, on how to approach a Biblical text that is not in the canon and why trying to find evidence of King David is not a major goal of the Tel Dan dig, a light-hearted (but informative) look at "The Bible in the News" by Leonard Greenspoon, and Hershel Shanks‘s column explaining why he still believes the James ossuary inscription to be authentic.

Check out the new issue of BAR

Selected features available online

Get a taste of the July/August 2008 issue of BAR on our Web site. Available now is "The Salome No One Knows," in which Professor Kenneth Atkinson explores the life of Salome Alexandra, the only woman ever to rule Judea by herself. So great was her fame that she was even mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls–the sole woman with that distinction. Years after her death, her namesake, the notorious Salome of the New Testament, would demand the head of John the Baptist.



Check the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated daily

Our News section keeps you abreast of developments in the lands of the Bible and beyond. Read about the Italian government’s attempts to control the chaos at Pompeii, watch an eyewitness report on the looting of the Iraq Museum in 2003, and learn how you can access online early Christian texts written in Syriac.

Cartoon Caption Contest

Submit a caption

Write a caption for this cartoon! The author of the winning caption will receive a BAS T-shirt, a Dead Sea Scrolls mug and three gift subscriptions to give BAR to friends. Runners-up will receive a BAS T-shirt and two gift subscriptions.The deadline for entries is August 14, 2008.

Debates and Online Exclusives

Let your voice be heard!

Check out our lively Debates section and Online Exclusives, where you can follow scholars’ latest claims and counter-claims and read a fascinating collection of articles available only on our Web site. Add your thoughts to these and other articles by using the Talkback feature throughout our site.



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· To celebrate Israel’s 60 years of independence.
· To explore the land of the Bible and to experience the beauty of Israel.
· To learn first-hand how archaeology illuminates ancient history.
· To benefit from the expertise of Amnon Wallenstein, one of Israel’s most informed tour guides, and from on-site archaeologists.
· To have your tour enhanced with lectures and on-site tours by well-known Bible scholars and archaeologists.
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February 1-8, 2009

PUZZLING OUT THE PAST: Adventures in the Study of Ancient Inscriptions from the Origins of the Alphabet to the Dead Sea Scrolls

Treat yourself to a luxurious 7-day cruise to the southern Caribbean on Holland America’s 5-star MS Westerdam. Balance sun and fun with six absorbing lectures from one of the leading scholars in ancient Near Eastern history, Bruce Zuckerman, the Casden Professor of Religion and Linguistics at the University of Southern California. The MS Westerdam sails from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Half Moon Cay, with its 2 miles of pristine beach and plentiful water sports, Aruba, whose colorful markets and stunning coral reefs have dazzled visitors for centuries, and Curacao, the duty-free port whose canals recall Amsterdam and whose gabled buildings were inspired by classic Dutch architecture.

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