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The BAR Companion: May 27, 2009
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THE WRITING ON THE WALL
A look at what ancient graffiti tells us about life in the ancient world

While modern graffiti is usually an eyesore and an act of public vandalism, perhaps archaeologists 1,000 years from now will be able to gain valuable insights into the societies that produced it. Such is the case with ancient graffiti, as Ben Witherington III points out in this issue’s Biblical Views column. Just as graffiti today is focused on love, sex, politics and religion, writings etched or painted on buildings and monuments in antiquity can tell us a great deal about the social and political aspects of life thousands of years ago, including a surprising revelation about early Christianity in ancient Smyrna.

Read about what graffiti can reveal about life in the ancient world
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BREAKING NEWS
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated daily

This week in the news, technology once again illuminates history with the development of a ceramic dating technique. In Israel a 9,000-year-old "Atlantis" is discovered off the coast, while a Biblical-era discovery made in Jerusalem is the first of its kind. Meanwhile in Egypt, pre-Islamic pottery inscriptions discovered in Berenike shed light on the ancient Greco-Roman harbor.

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BIBLE AND ARCHAEOLOGY FEST XII
November 20-22, 2009 in New Orleans

Twenty of the most distinguished scholars from around the world will be coming together to present you with the latest research and discoveries in Biblical scholarship and archaeology. Our 12th annual Bible & Archaeology Fest will take place in the historic city of New Orleans, one of the most beautiful and evocative cities in the United States. You will have the opportunity to interact directly with the experts themselves and be among the first to hear about their findings about these topics and more:

  • What does archaeology tell us about Jesus and the Exorcists?
  • Where did the Israelites come from?
  • Should the Gospel of John be used in Jesus research?
  • What does the Bible tell us about environmental responsibility?

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of this extraordinary partnership: Exclusive access to the world’s foremost Biblical scholarship, in one of the world’s most enchanting cities.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity!
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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 October 15, 2009.

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