The BAR Companion: August 19, 2009
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A reason to return to Jerusalem

In 1972 Hershel Shanks took a sabbatical from his legal practice in Washington, D.C. and went with his family to Jerusalem for a year. Once there, the Shanks family became part of a network of friends and colleagues who comprised some of the archaeological luminaries in the Holy Land at the time. That year proved to be the catalyst for the creation of the Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) and its flagship publication, Biblical Archaeology Review. In our 200th Issue, Hershel reflects on the birth, evolution and legacy of BAR.

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Some over-enthusiastic fans tampered with our voting system, so we’ve reset it and invite you to recast your vote!

A few weeks ago, we asked readers to vote for their favorite Dig Issue cover. Evidently some were a little too enthusiastic, and a computer virus allowed for some rather tricky cheating. We’ve addressed this and apologize to those honest fans whose votes were discounted or who had difficulty casting their votes as we battled the sneaky virus. The program and vote tallies have been reset, and measures have been initiated that will prevent further tampering. So please cast your vote–we’d love to see which cover was your favorite over the years!

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William Blake’s World: "A New Heaven Is Begun"

A large collection of artwork belonging to William Blake (1757-1827) will be on display this fall at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. The exhibit, William Blake’s World: "A New Heaven Is Begun," opens this September and will showcase a series of watercolor pieces, 21 illustrations of the Book of Job and 12 designs that illustrate John Milton’s L’Allegro and Il Penseroso. Throughout the duration of the exhibit, there will be activities that include a concert, numerous lectures, family programs, ongoing docent tours and a Gallery Talk.

Find out more about this exciting exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated daily

This week in the news, the remains of a Jewish temple is discovered in the ancient port city of Andriake in Turkey, while metro construction in Algeria yields an archaeological gold mine. In Syria, Byzantine-era skeletal remains are discovered in an ancient cathedral, while in Israel the Israel Antiquities Authority protests their exclusion from the most recent World Archaeological Conference. Meanwhile in Iran, authorities announce plans to protect the enigmatic "saltmen."

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Renowned Biblical scholar and ever-popular speaker Bart Ehrman

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a leading authority on the early Church and the life of Jesus. A scholar who has been able to reach a wide popular audience, Ehrman is the author of more than 20 books, including The New York Times bestsellers Misquoting Jesus and Jesus Interrupted. He has been featured in Time magazine and has appeared on NBC’s Dateline, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, The History Channel, National Geographic, NPR, and other top media outlets. He has won his university’s undergraduate teaching award, the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement, and the Bowman and Gordon Gray Award for teaching excellence. Professor Ehrman will be presenting his lecture "Forgery and Counter-forgery in the Early Christian Tradition" at this year’s Bible and Archaeology Fest in New Orleans this November–don’t miss it!

Register now for your opportunity to attend a lecture by Dr. Ehrman at our 12th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest in New Orleans!
Set sail for the Caribbean with Dr. Alan Millard this January!

This January, the Seminar at Sea Caribbean Cruise will combine the finest Biblical scholarship with a luxurious and unforgettable vacation, creating the perfect opportunity to invest in your most valuable asset: yourself. Follow the Caribbean sun this winter aboard Holland America’s 5-star ship MS Westerdam. You will have the opportunity to relax, revive and create unforgettable memories while learning about the enigmatic Babylonian world and its relationship to Biblical history and literature in a lecture series entitled "Exploring Babylon and the Bible: Connections and Contrasts." Renowned Biblical scholar Dr. Alan Millard will be your guide into this fascinating realm of scholarship as you experience the beauty and wonders of the Caribbean.

Find out more about this Caribbean journey of discovery
Experience Israel in a way that transcends the usual tour.

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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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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View stunning aerial shots of Jerusalem in vivid color. See a multitude of artifacts and inscriptions including the silver amulet containing the earliest Biblical quotation ever discovered. Plus visit on-site location shots of Herod’s Temple Mount, the Jerusalem Cardo, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock and much more.

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