BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: January 21, 2009

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BREAKING THE TREND OF BIBLICAL "BREAKING NEWS"
Dr. Craig Evans warns against sensationalizing Biblical news

In the current issue’s Biblical Views column, Dr. Craig Evans warns us of the media’s tendency to sensationalize announcements that concern the Bible, Jesus or Christian origins. He maintains that such treatment of subjects of dubious worth will harden the public to the news of genuinely important discoveries. Using the stone inscribed with "Gabriel’s Revelation" as an example, Evans argues that both scholars and the media do a disservice to truly valuable artifacts by publicly assigning meanings to historical objects before they have been adequately studied.

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SOCIETY OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE CONFERENCE IN BOSTON
Dr. Robin Gallaher Branch reports

This past November, more than 5,000 scholars and students converged on the city of Boston to attend the annual conference of the Society of Biblical Literature. In keeping with what has become somewhat of a tradition, Dr. Robin Gallaher Branch of Crichton College has written a blog for BAS, and shares her observations, experiences and anecdotes of this latest meeting of the great Biblical scholars of our time. Dr. Branch takes us on a tour through some of the sessions and meetings of this event, and introduces us to Norman, the greatest doorman in Boston. Join us online this week to read about the conference that will have the world of Biblical scholarship buzzing for the next year.

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

This week in the news, what may be one of the world’s oldest preserved human brains was recovered from a cave site located along the Arpa River in Armenia. In Egypt, the remains of a city dating from the Middle Kingdom have been discovered 75 miles north of Cairo in Ain Sokhna, while water wells dating from the period of the Achaemenid Dynasty surfaced in Iran.

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EXPLORE JORDAN WITH BAS
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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CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
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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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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL IN TURKEY
with scholar-guide Mark Wilson

Explore the culture, archaeology and stunning monuments of the Other Holy Land

September 21-October 3, 2009

After Israel, Turkey has more Biblical sites than any other country. Many people are unaware of Turkey’s unique role in the Bible because this strategic peninsula–bounded by the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas–is usually called Asia Minor or Anatolia. Turkey is especially important in understanding the background of the New Testament because approximately two-thirds of its books were written either to or from churches in Turkey. The three major apostles–Peter, Paul and John–either ministered or lived in Turkey.

Your guide is scholar Mark Wilson, the director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Izmir, Turkey. Dr Wilson, who has served as a consultant for "The First Christians" in the History Channel’s "Lost Worlds" series, is currently Visiting Professor of Early Christianity at Regent University and leads field studies in Turkey for several universities and seminaries. His expertise will illuminate the ancient sites and rich history of this legendary land.

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» CONTENTS
Breaking the Trend of Biblical "Breaking News"
Society of Biblical Literature Conference in Boston
Breaking News
Explore Jordan with BAS
Cartoon Caption Contest
In the Footsteps of Paul in Turkey

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THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS IN THE HOLY LAND
Supplemental Volume 5

The volume includes sites in both Israel and Jordan and covers sites relevant to the New Testament and the Hebrew Bible, as well as excavations from earlier and later periods.

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