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BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: July 15, 2009
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PORTRAIT OF A BAR SUBSCRIBER–200th ISSUE PREVIEW!
In celebration of its upcoming 200th issue, BAR presents its reader survey results

Celebrating our 200th issue is not only a commemoration of the magazine’s history and of archaeology, but also a celebration of our readers. Since our readership–over a quarter of a million of you–is such a fundamental part of what we do and why we do it, we thought it a good time to find out more about the diverse group of people that are part of our BAR family. In order to get to know you a little better, we ran an online survey for several months, during which we invited subscribers to tell us a bit more about themselves. Despite the wide range of results, one thing is certain: Our readers are a diverse and independent-minded group of people. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

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CODEX SINAITICUS RELEASED
The oldest complete copy of the New Testament is made available online

The collaboration of international institutions has made the Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest complete copy of the New Testament, available electronically for the first time. Called the Codex Sinaiticus Project, the mission of the partnering organizations was to digitally unify the document, various fragments of which reside at four separate institutions around the world. The text of the document, which was hand-written in Greek, has also been digitally transcribed.

Learn more about the Codex Sinaiticus and its importance
View the digital images of the Codex Sinaiticus ____________________________________________________________
DEAD SEA SCROLL EXHIBIT AT THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
A rare exhibit of some never-before-seen scrolls

The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto is hosting the extraordinary Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World exhibition in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority. During the course of the exhibit’s six-month run, a total of 17 scrolls will be on display in two separate installations. A special feature of the exhibition will include a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the Deuteronomy Scroll, which contains the earliest known copy of the Ten Commandments.

Learn more about the Dead Sea Scroll Exhibit at the ROM ____________________________________________________________
BREAKING NEWS
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated daily

This week in the news, the world’s oldest underwater city is undergoing excavation efforts off the coast of Greece, and a cache of antiquities are discovered near the National Museum in Cairo, Egypt. In Lebanon, plans to continue excavations at the ancient Phoenician city of Sidon have been announced, while an ancient Etruscan cosmetic has been identified in Italy. In Turkey, archaeologists are celebrating the discovery of a 2,200-year-old sarcophagus in the ancient city of Parion.

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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL IN TURKEY
There’s still time to register for an unforgettable adventure this September!

Explore the culture, archaeology and stunning monuments of the "other Holy Land" with scholar/guide Mark Wilson, who combines thorough knowledge of the Bible with an intimate familiarity with Turkey’s historic sites. Turkey has more Biblical sites than any other country except Israel, and it is rightly called the “other Holy Land.” 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. Approximately two-thirds of the books of the New Testament were written either to or from churches in Turkey, and the apostles Peter, Paul and John either ministered or lived in Turkey.

Register now — This tour departs September 21! ____________________________________________________________
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 October 15, 2009.

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Portrait of a BAR Subscriber
Codex Sinaiticus Released
Dead Sea Scrolls in Ontario
Breaking News
Turkey Tour
Cartoon Caption Contest
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THE COPPER SCROLL AND THE SEARCH FOR THE TEMPLE TREASURE

The Copper Scroll and the Search for the Temple Treasure tells the intriguing story of two copper rolls now known as "the Copper Scroll" discovered in the Judean desert more than 50 years ago. Most scholars agree this unique scroll describes the treasures of the Jerusalem Temple that were buried shortly before 70 C.E., when the Roman legions burned the city and its holy sanctuary.

Accompany author Hershel Shanks as he explains the Copper Scroll’s enigmatic contents, takes you on a quest for the legendary treasure, and describes the high-tech methods used to decipher and preserve this important ancient document.

Hardcover, 128 pages – $24.95
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