The BAR Companion: October 29, 2008

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An ancient wall from the Second Temple period is unearthed in Jerusalem

This week on the Web, one of our new e-features presents photos from the second-century B.C. wall that was recently uncovered during excavations on Mt. Zion. Built by the Hasmonean dynasty, the wall marked the southern limit of Jerusalem at the time of its destruction by the Romans in 70 A.D. The excavations revealed a tower that experts believe was part of the "First Wall" described by the first-century historian Josephus. A later wall dating from the Byzantine period was also revealed in the course of the excavations, as well as some late-19th-century objects left behind by early excavators. Read about this fascinating discovery and see the latest photos from the excavations.

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

This week in the news, modern technology proves to be both friend and foe to archaeology, and new discoveries revive ancient legends. In Jordan, the legend of King Solomon and his mythical mines come under the spotlight with the discovery of a tenth-century-B.C. copper-smelting facility. In Beirut, development and archaeological sites compete for space in Lebanon’s capitol city, but cutting-edge medical technology is helping scholars in Israel decipher and protect the Dead Sea Scrolls. Medical technology has also helped scientists identify the oldest known cases of malaria in two Egyptian mummies that are believed to have died from the disease over 3,500 years ago. In Greece, a Stone Age household has been found intact, while a neo-Assyrian palace is revealed in Turkey.

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Don’t miss your chance to study with 20 of the world’s top scholars!

Boston, MA
November 21-23, 2008

Join us at our most popular program! Our annual Bible & Archaeology Fests draw more participants than any other event. And for good reason: You can choose from concurrent sessions as 20 of the world’s leading scholars bring you the latest insights into early Christianity, the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Israel, Biblical archaeology and much, much more. While the scholars are the main reason people love Bible Fest, many tell us that their fellow participants are also an important factor in their decision to attend (and many participants come year after year). There’s no greater excitement than in meeting fellow enthusiasts who are as eager as you are to learn the latest in these fascinating fields.

Join us for our premier event, and enjoy one of America’s most popular cities while engaging with some of the world’s most eminent Biblical and archaeological scholars.

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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 December 15, 2008.

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Mount Nebo | Bethany | Lot’s Cave | Madaba | Amman | Jerash |
Kerak | Petra | Aqaba

May 16-26, 2009

The land traveled by the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land and the place where Jesus was baptized, Jordan has a rich history and numerous Biblical connections. It also boasts a long civilization with many fascinating Ammonite, Edomite, Moabite, Nabatean and Roman sites. Plus it has the stunning city of Petra, the city carved in red stone that was made famous by Indiana Jones. Spend an entire day with us at this exciting site, enjoy a day of water and sand in sparkling Aqaba, and see dozens of compelling ancient sites.

We have carefully planned this exciting journey with archaeologists to focus on the Biblical connections to this ancient land. Come enjoy Jordan with us and return with a wealth of knowledge!

Download our new free e-book Exploring Jordan: The Other Biblical Land.

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