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The BAR Companion: September 02, 2009
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200TH ISSUE — TEN TOP DISCOVERIES
BAR takes a look at ten discoveries that have shaped our understanding of the Biblical world on the occasion
of our 200th issue

Top Ten lists are generally best left to late-night TV hosts, but we took this opportunity to pick ten excavated finds from our first 199 issues that are undeniably important to our understanding of the Biblical world. Of course, we think every archaeological discovery reported in BAR is important–from the smallest seal or ostracon to the largest imposing fortress. But there’s no denying that some finds do stand out. Together they offer a mini-course in Biblical archaeology.

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LIVE ON THE AIR WITH HERSHEL SHANKS
BAR’s editor reflects on his magazine and organization with Israel National Radio

On the occasion of BAR’s 200th issue, editor Hershel Shanks is interviewed by Arutz Sheva’s Israel National Radio. During the course of his discussion, Shanks reveals why he founded BAR, and offers the magazine’s fans some inside stories. He also discusses the importance of the site and finds at Elah Valley fortress Khirbet Qeiyafa and reveals some upcoming stories that reflect the high level of research BAR shares with the public.

Listen to Hershel’s recent radio interview ____________________________________________________________
BREAKING NEWS
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and
related topics–updated daily

Archaeology in Israel is at the forefront of the news this week as a discovery at Tel Bet Yerah offers new insight into relations between ancient people living along the shores of the Sea of Galilee and the court of Egypt’s First Dynasty. At Tel Dor, a surprising image of Alexander the Great surfaces, while controversy brews in Jerusalem over the excavation of a mystical tomb. Meanwhile, a startling discovery in Crete is changing the way scholars understand craftsmanship in ancient Greece, and authorities in Iraq begin the long process of cataloging the National Museum’s collections.

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SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation director Yosef Garfinkel

Dr. Yosef Garfinkel is professor of Biblical archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and curator of the museum of Yarmukian Culture at Kibbutz Sha‘ar Hagolan. He has been the Yigael Yadin Professor for the Archaeology of Israel since 2007, which is the same year when he began conducting excavations at the fortified city of Khirbet Qeiyafa. This Biblical site is dated to the early tenth century B.C., the period of King David. An outstanding discovery made in the 2008 season is an inscription written in ink on a pottery sherd–the earliest Hebrew inscription ever found. Dr. Garfinkel will be presenting his most recent discoveries from Khirbet Qeiyafa in his plenary session presentation "Khirbet Qeiyafa: A Fortified City in Judah from the time of King David" at the 12th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest in New Orleans this November.

Register now for your opportunity to hear the exciting results of Professor Garfinkel’s work at our 12th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest in New Orleans! ____________________________________________________________
EXPLORE THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF EGYPT
Travel a new and exotic path!

If you are an adventurous traveler who seeks uniqueness and authenticity visiting Egypt, this program is for you! We promise you a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your lecturer, guide and renowned scholar Dr. Chahinda Karim. She 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!

We specialize in providing special access and insight that can’t be found anywhere else while attending to every detail of your personal comfort. You will travel with ample space on top-of the-line transportation and enjoy luxury hotel accommodations. This is a special custom value-priced tour!

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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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Ten Top Discoveries
Live On The Air
Breaking News
Scholar Spotlight
Egypt Tour
Cartoon Caption Contest
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SCHOLARS ON THE RECORD
Insightful Interviews on Bible and Archaeology


Act now to take advantage of this limited-time prepublication offer

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September 10, 2009

Scholars on the Record brings together 11 intriguing and thought-provoking interviews from the pages of Biblical Archaeology Review and Bible Review.

Hardcover. 256 pages, 35 black and white photos, 3 maps and charts.
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