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The BAR Companion: February 25, 2009

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Rare Magic Inscription on Human Skull
Enigmatic ancient writing poses more questions than it answers

Examples of ancient magical incantations and texts invoking protection, health or even love are not uncommon remnants of antiquity, nor are texts with a more malevolent intention. However, such an incantation inscribed on a human skull is extraordinarily rare as well as darkly mysterious. In the new March/April issue of BAR, ancient incantation text expert Dan Levene discusses a remarkable artifact that has recently surfaced in the private collection of an antiquities collector: a human skull inscribed with what appears to be an magic incantation. Although the inscription has yet to be fully deciphered, the skull itself is a powerful testament to ancient beliefs and practices.

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HOW ARCHAEOLOGY ILLUMINATES THE BIBLE
A once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn from the "Dean of Biblical archaeology"

Did the Israelites escape slavery in a mass exodus from Egypt? Was there a King David who established the United Monarchy in Jerusalem? What was everyday life like in ancient Israel? World-renowned archaeologist William G. Dever examines these important topics and others in How Archaeology Illuminates the Bible, an eight-part DVD lecture series he created exclusively for the Biblical Archaeology Society.

Professor Dever’s engaging lecture style and extensive knowledge make this series not only fascinating for the beginner but packed with insight for the more advanced student of Biblical archaeology. From the legendary patriarchs to the simple "man on the street" in ancient Israel, you’ll learn the established theories and the latest trends in Biblical archaeology–in a variety of fascinating topics–all from a top expert.

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

This week in the news, a powerful new instrument recently created in Britain is allowing archaeologists to see more clearly into the past, while excavations in Luxor reveal new discoveries from ancient Egypt. In Iraq, the reopening of the National Museum in Baghdad ushers in a new era while some of the country’s stolen national treasures make a long voyage home.

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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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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 April 15, 2009.

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Rare Magic Inscription on Human Skull
How Archaeology Illuminates the Bible
Breaking News
In the Footsteps of Paul in Turkey
Cartoon Caption Contest
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