The BAR Companion: January 07, 2009

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BAR reaches out to readers younger than the publication itself

In the current issue’s First Person, BAR‘s managing editor Dorothy D. Resig discusses the "next generation" of BAR and the ways in which our editorial staff is reaching out to readers that may be younger than the publication itself. Resig points out that while BAR values its experienced readership, there is a whole generation of younger scholars and readers that share the same interests in BAR‘s topics, but may prefer to access our information in a different way. Online social networking, electronic subscriptions, our free electronic newsletter and expanded coverage in our newly launched E-Features section are just a few examples of how BAR is reaching out to a younger readership as well as offering more to our loyal longtime readers.

Read about the next generation of Biblical archaeology enthusiasts ____________________________________________________________

Special Report

This week in the news, a special report by BAR editor Hershel Shanks announces that the famous forgery trial currently underway in Israel will continue, despite the judge’s suggestion to the prosecution that they lack sufficient evidence to win their case. The decision to reject the suggestion of Judge Aharon Farkash was made by head Jerusalem prosecutor Eli Abarbanel, according to Justice spokesman Tal Vider. For additional coverage of this case, see Supporters of James Ossuary Inscription Vindicated.

Elsewhere, an ancient patient gets some modern medical treatment at the University of Chicago, while some surprising neighbors were discovered during a house construction project in Turkey. An ancient text found in Macedonia is a watershed discovery for paleolinguists, and on Malta the future of some ancient burials is uncertain.

Read more Breaking News ____________________________________________________________

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 also see dozens of fascinating 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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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 February 15, 2009.

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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 that are inspired by classic Dutch architecture.

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