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The BAR Companion: July 29, 2009
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FROM BABYLON TO BAGHDAD: ANCIENT IRAQ AND THE MODERN WEST
A free e-book from BAS examines the relationship between Iraq’s ancient past and our modern Western culture

This latest publication from BAS comes at a time of great concern for Iraq’s cultural heritage on the part of the archaeological community, which is outlined in a recent UNESCO report assessing the damage incurred to ancient sites and museums during the course of the Iraq war. From Babylon to Baghdad: Ancient Iraq and the Modern West examines the relationship between ancient Iraq and the cultures of modern Western societies. This collection of articles details some of the ways in which ancient Near Eastern civilizations have impressed themselves on our Western culture. It examines the evolving relationship that modern scholarship has with this part of the world, and chronicles the present-day fight to preserve Iraq’s cultural heritage.

Download your FREE copy of From Babylon to Baghdad: Ancient Iraq and the Modern West
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SOLVING THE ENIGMA OF PETRA AND THE NABATAEANS
BAR’s Joey Corbett takes us on a journey to one of the ancient world’s most beautiful and enigmatic cities

In this latest e-feature, BAR assistant editor Joey Corbett introduces readers to the magnificent city of Petra. He discusses the complex character and competing ambitions of the Nabataeans, the industrious Arab people who built the city of Petra and its towering rock-cut monuments (including the famous "Treasury" building featured in one of the Indiana Jones movies) over 2,000 years ago. Almost everything about the Nabataeans–their history, culture, religion, technologies and especially their architecture–reflect a society born out of two worlds: one authentically Arabian, and the other unquestionably Hellenized.

Read about Petra and the mysterious culture that created this city from stone
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WHERE IN THE WIDE WORLD?
200TH ISSUE PREVIEW!

BAR editors choose some of their favorite WorldWides for this 200th issue quiz

In 1994, we started running a new department on the very last page of the magazine. WorldWide–as the name suggests–has been a place for us to look beyond our usual borders to explore the beautiful, mysterious and sometimes amusing artifacts that were produced by ancient cultures throughout the world during the Biblical period. For this special issue, we’ve collected some of our favorite WorldWides from the past 15 years. Can you match these unique artifacts with their correct (modern) country of origin?

Take our special 200th issue "Where in the Wide World?" quiz
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IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS…
A recap of last week’s articles

We here at BAS have been experiencing the ups and downs of computer system upgrades. One of the "downs" included a freeze in the "Talkbacks" function of our site, so if you posted a comment and don’t see it, please feel free to re-post now that we are back up and running. In case you were unable to view last week’s featured pieces, we invite you to take a second look at the most recent BAS developments.

Here’s a recap of last week’s articles:

The James Ossuary Debate Continues
Has Joe Zias shown the James Ossuary inscription to be a modern forgery?

History in Limbo–200th Issue Preview!
Scholar blocks reports of past excavations

Event Watch
Ethiopian and Egyptian Art at the Walters Art Museum

Read last week’s BAR Companion
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INCOMPARABLE ISRAEL
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Visit one of the world’s most sacred and history-drenched lands on an adventure that only we can provide. Take an extraordinary journey through the Holy Land where three of the world’s largest religions converge in history. Experience the ancient world firsthand as you participate in an archaeological dig and see the sites and museums guided by top scholars and researchers. Your expert scholar-guide Amnon Wallenstein will bring ancient Israel to life before your eyes with his dynamic narrative and fantastic breadth of knowledge.

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

This week in the news, what many experts believe to be the most accurate model of Jerusalem’s Holy Temple is at home in England. The Archaeological Institute of America names a University of Haifa project one of the top ten most important ancient nautical sites, while an Iranian archaeologist believes he has identified the lost city of Azem. Five pristine, Roman-era shipwrecks are discovered off the coast of an Italian island, and an angelic face is revealed in Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia.

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STUDYING THE OLD TESTAMENT: A COMPANION BY RHONDA BURNETTE-BLETSCH
Reviewed by Professor Robin Gallaher Branch of Crichton College

Crichton College Professor of Biblical Studies Robin Gallaher Branch reviews one of the latest study guides for the Old Testament. Published with an accompanying CD, this companion guide to the Old Testament is designed to introduce the student and layperson to the Hebrew Scriptures.

Read Dr. Branch’s review of Professor Burnette-Bletsch’s book
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SHANKS PRIZE AND DIG SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Congratulations to the winners

2009 Hershel Shanks Prize Winners are Announced
Every year, BAS is pleased to award the Hershel Shanks Prize, supported by a contribution from Sami Rohr of Bal Harbour, Florida. The $10,000 total prize is awarded for the best academic paper(s) on the Archaeology of Late Antique Judaism and the Talmudic Period presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR). The joint winners of the 2009 Hershel Shanks Prize are Uzi Leibner of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Gregg Gardner of Princeton University.

Visit us online for more information about the 2010 prizes

2009 Dig Scholarship Winners Announced
Every year, BAS is delighted to support volunteers who wish to participate in an archaeological excavation by awarding scholarships of $1000.00. This year, 26 winners headed off into the field in pursuit of history.

Read the list of 2009 Dig Scholarship winners
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CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
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 October 15, 2009.

Submit your caption
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EGYPT: LAND OF LEGENDS AND MYSTERIES
Travel a new and exotic path!

Travel a new and exotic path in Egypt! Once you’ve walked in the footsteps of pharaohs and kings, you’ll want to return again and again. This tour not only introduces the first-time visitor to Egypt’s wonders, but also reveals more of her secrets to those who have traveled this legendary land before. Whether it’s your first visit or your tenth, we promise that you’ve never seen the legends and mysteries of Egypt like this. Your lecturer and guide is renowned scholar Dr. Chahinda Karim, who will introduce you to el-Amarna, Beni Hassan, the Pyramid of Meidum, St. Catherine’s Monastery, the Library at Alexandria, the Red Monastery, Pharaohs Island, the Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Luxor and more!

Sign up for authentic travel off the beaten track in the capable hands of Dr. Chahinda Karim

» CONTENTS
From Babylon to Baghdad
Petra And The Nabataeans
Where In The Wide World?
In Case You Missed This…
Incomparable Israel
Breaking News
Studying The Old Testament
Shanks Prize and Dig Winners
Cartoon Caption Contest
Egypt Tour
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THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS IN THE HOLY LAND

Special discounted BAS price
$120

The most comprehensive description ever published of archaeological finds in the Holy Land in recent years, this new volume updates the 4-volume set of the encyclopedia, published in 1993. Contributors read like a Who’s Who of Biblical Archaeology–Amnon Ben-Tor on Hazor; Lawrence Stager on Ashkelon; Avraham Biran on Dan; Ephraim Stern on Dor; Ronny Reich, Eilat Mazar and others on Jerusalem; Ehud Netzer on Herodium and Masada; David Ussishkin and Israel Finkelstein on Megiddo; Trude Dothan and Seymour Gitin on Tel Miqne/Ekron. There are more than 160 archaeologist/authors in all.

An essential reference tool for archaeologists, historians, Bible scholars and students.

622 pages, 32 plates of color photos, more than 1000 photos and plans. Hardcover. _______________________


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