How did two teams of diggers meet in
Thirty-five years ago BAR
editor Hershel Shanks, up to his hips in water, literally
journeyed through Jerusalem’s underworld. Shanks was wading
through a tunnel over 1,700 feet long, built by savvy
engineers who lived almost 2,800 years ago. Called "Hezekiah’s
Tunnel" for the Judean ruler who built it, the subterranean
passageway was constructed in order to bring fresh water from
the Gihon Spring into the city as a necessary precaution
against the siege of the Assyrian monarch Sennacherib.
Scholars know that the tunnel was built by two crews, each
starting at opposite ends and meeting in the middle, but the
question of how they were able to join the two separate
tunnels has remained unanswered–until now. For two weeks only
you can access an article in the latest issue of BAR
online that lays out an exciting new theory explaining a
millennia-old engineering mystery.
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news in Biblical archaeology and
This week in the news we find a new
study that "shakes up" mainstream ideas about how and why
advanced ancient civilizations developed in the places where
they did. Geologist Eric Force claims that earthquakes
positively affected the development of many of the world’s
most important ancient civilizations. Also announced this week
was an enormous project undertaken by the Israel Antiquities
Authority to make the Dead Sea Scrolls available to the world
online. Elsewhere in the news, an enormous statue of one of
ancient Rome’s most important emperors is unearthed in Turkey,
a most mysterious treasure is discovered in Greece, and an
ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s burial chamber is finally found.
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CHECK OUT THE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
ISSUE OF BAR
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We have given our online readers
access to an exclusive article on a recent development that
has set the world of Biblical scholarship abuzz with debate.
Professor Israel Knohl has examined an ink-on-stone
inscription and has come to the dramatic conclusion that the
text provides insight into a new messianic model. Professor
Knohl has published his research in the current issue of
BAR, along with the full translation in English of the
text, which has been named "Gabriel’s Revelation." 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
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November 21-23, 2008
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