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The BAR Companion: August 26, 2009
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2009 PUBLICATION AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Winning books in four different categories are honored by BAS

The 2009 Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Awards recognize the best books published in 2007 and 2008. The biennial BAS Publication Awards for books about archaeology and the Bible have been presented since 1985. We’ve awarded prizes to books in four separate categories, all of which were judged by a panel of scholars. Winning authors received an award of $1,000.00 and an honorary certificate. BAS congratulates the recipients of the 2009 Publication Awards and extends our sincere thanks to the panels of judges.

Read about the 2009 Publication Award Winners

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FIRST PERSON: RENEWING OUR VOWS

Editor Hershel Shanks reintroduces the philosophy that has shaped BAR for 200 issues

In honor of BAR‘s 200th issue, editor Hershel Shanks reflects on the philosophy that has shaped the magazine over the last 34 years. In a reprint of the introduction to BAR that appeared in the first issue, Shanks reflects on the goals and purpose of the publication that remains the core of our mission statement today.

Read Hershel’s First Person

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EVENT WATCH

The Nuremberg Mahzor: A Medieval Masterwork Unveiled

The Nuremberg Mahzor, a centuries-old manuscript that contains prayers for the Jewish year as well as related commentaries and a collection of liturgical poems, will be the highlight of the Israel Museum’s upcoming exhibit The Nuremberg Mahzor: A Medieval Masterwork Unveiled. The manuscript, which is on extended loan to the museum from Dr. David and Jemima Jeselsohn, is beautifully embellished with valuable materials such as gold and silver leaf panels, as well as other precious pigments. The exhibit opens September 15, 2009, and will run through February 10, 2010, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Read more about the Israel Museum of Jerusalem’s exhibition of the Nuremberg Mahzor

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

This week in the news, scholars in Egypt are concerned about the state of the Valley of the Kings while construction of the world’s largest museum is underway on the Giza plateau. In Turkey, excavations of an ancient port city are begun, and the subterranean world of the Hagia Sophia is explored for the first time in centuries. Meanwhile in Iran, worrying reports of the state of cultural heritage sites emerge.

Read more Breaking News

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SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
Old Testament Scholar Sandra Richter

Sandra Richter is professor of Old Testament at Wesley Biblical Seminary and affiliate professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Harvard University’s Near Eastern Language and Civilizations department. One of her contributions at Wesley and Asbury has been the creation of an Israel Studies program specializing in historical geography and archaeology. Sandy has taught as an adjunct professor at Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as an instructor at Harvard Divinity School, and as a teaching fellow at Harvard University. Her current research interests include the intersection between Biblical law and contemporary environmental issues. She is a frequent lecturer and speaker in university, church, and other settings. Dr. Richter will be presenting "The Israelites and the Environment: An Ancient Code Speaks to a Current Crisis" at the Bible and Archaeology Fest in New Orleans this November–don’t miss it!

Register now for your opportunity to attend a lecture by Professor Richter at our 12th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest in New Orleans!

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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 and discuss 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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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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2009 Publication Awards
First Person
Event Watch
Breaking News
Scholar Spotlight
Bible and Archaeology Fest XII
Cartoon Caption Contest

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ARCHAEOLOGY AND RELIGION IN PICTURES CD-ROM


Archaeology and Religion in Pictures is an unprecedented collection of images devoted to archaeological sites and artifacts that express the human religious impulse over thousands of years. These slides vividly depict the human struggle to reach for–and understand–the divine.

CD-ROM, 140 images and detailed captions, $49.95

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