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BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: August 20, 2008

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A RISEN MESSIAH BEFORE JESUS?
BAR article examines important new text

Visit our Web site to read an article in the September/October issue of BAR that is sure to generate much discussion: Professor Israel Knohl’s "The Messiah Son of Joseph." Knohl examines a text–called a "Dead Sea Scroll in stone"–that has only recently come to light and comes to a dramatic conclusion: that the text refers to a messianic figure who will be resurrected after three days. Knohl then adds a key insight: the text helps us understand that ancient Jews expected not one but two very different messiahs–and that Jesus thought of himself not as the Messiah son of David but as the Messiah son of Joseph.

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

We’ve recently expanded our news section to provide you with more details on the stories you’re interested in. The newest entries include a report on the discoveries of ancient skulls in the Galilee, a rundown on the new measures instituted by Egypt to make visiting the pyramids a more pleasant experience, and details on the discovery of a Roman temple in Sepphoris, the Galilean city in which Jesus and Joseph may have worked as tradesmen.

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THE THRILL OF VICTORY
Learn how the Olympics began

With the Beijing Summer Olympics in full swing, you’re no doubt curious about the origins of this 2,700-year-old spectacle. Our free e-book, The Olympic Games: How They All Began, takes you on a journey to ancient Greece with some of the finest scholars of the ancient world. Ranging from the original religious significance of the games to the brutal athletic competitions themselves, the e-book’s contributing writers paint a picture of the ancient sports world and its devoted fans. For any follower of the Olympic Games, this entertaining and fascinating read is a must.

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CHECK OUT THE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER ISSUE OF BAR
Selected features available online

We’ve put up editor Hershel Shanks’s column in which he discusses a hot-button issue: Is BAR against some, or even all, religious approaches to the Bible? Certainly not, he answers, and he goes on to explain how people with many varying points of view can benefit from the articles in BAR. Also on the site are guest columns: by Susan Ackerman, who explains how reliefs from the Assyrian palace at Nineveh came to find a home at Dartmouth College; by Keith Schoville, on why the study of Near Eastern archaeology must go hand-in-hand with the study of the Bible; and by Leonard Greenspoon, who takes a humorous look at the use (and abuse) of a popular Biblical phrase.

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GREAT BOOKS ARE JUST A CLICK AWAY
Buy from Amazon.com and help BAS

Our online Reviews section is constantly expanding, containing both reviews from BAR as well as those written especially for our Web site. If a book interests you, you can order it from Amazon.com with just a click. When you visit Amazon.com from our site, everything you buy benefits the Biblical Archaeology Society.

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CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
Submit a caption

Write a caption for this cartoon! The author of the best caption will receive a BAS T-shirt, a Dead Sea Scroll mug and three complimentary subscriptions to give BAR to friends. Runners-up will receive a BAS T-shirt and two complimentary subscriptions.The deadline for captions is October 15, 2008.

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DEBATES & 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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DALLAS SEMINAR 2008
with Darrell L. Bock and James K. Hoffmeier

Sheraton Dallas Hotel
DALLAS, TEXAS
September 26-27, 2008

Jesus and All Those Gospels

King Tut, Egypt and the Bible

Come to Dallas, the top visitor destination in Texas, and learn from two master teachers. Darrell Bock, a leading New Testament scholar, explores the literature of early Christianity, both the canonical gospels and those writings that were not accepted as sacred, to help you better understand the world of the first Christians and to explore a key question about the historical Jesus. And, with the fabulous King Tut exhibit coming to Dallas, eminent Egyptologist James Hoffmeier will introduce you to the Boy King and his world and examine the important connections between ancient Egypt and central events in the Hebrew Bible.

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SEMINAR AT SEA 2009
with Bruce Zuckerman

Seminar at Sea Caribbean Cruise
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 will sail from Ft. Lauderdale to the pristine beaches of Half Moon Cay, an exotic Caribbean island just off the coast of Honduras known for its exciting water sports. From there you will sail on to Aruba, whose colorful markets and stunning coral reefs have dazzled visitors for centuries. Curacao is the final destination–a duty-free port whose canals recall Amsterdam with its enchanting gabled buildings inspired by classic Dutch architecture.

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A Risen Messiah Before Jesus?
News
The Thrill of Victory
September/October issue of BAR
Great Books
Cartoon Caption Contest
Debates & Online Exclusives
Dallas Seminar 2008
Seminar at Sea 2009

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