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The BAR Companion: September 16, 2009
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THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS AND WHY THEY MATTER

Explore the history of the scrolls, timelines, scholar profiles, detailed scroll descriptions and an essay on the significance of the scrolls.

The Dead Sea Scrolls have been called the greatest manuscript find of all time. Discovered between 1947 and 1956, the Dead Sea Scrolls comprise some 800 documents–but in tens of thousands of fragments. The scrolls date from around 250 B.C. to 68 A.D. and were written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek; they contain Biblical and apocryphal works, prayers and legal texts and sectarian documents.

This priceless collection of ancient manuscripts is invaluable to our understanding of the history of Judaism, the development of the Hebrew Bible, and the beginnings of Christianity.

Delve into this ever-popular online resource

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SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT

Renowned Expert on Jesus’ Life in Galilee

Dr. Sean Freyne is Professor of Theology (emeritus) in the School of Religions and Theology, Trinity College, Dublin. His academic interests include a study of Galilee in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, the historical Jesus, the gospels, and aspects of early Jewish and early Christian history and development. He has published several books, most recently Jesus a Jewish Galilean: A New Reading of the Jesus Story. Dr. Freyne has lectured widely in Australia and in the U.S., at Loyola University New Orleans, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Notre Dame. Most recently, he was Visiting Professor of Early Christian History and Literature at Harvard Divinity School (2007-2008). He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, as well as a trustee of the Chester Beatty Library of Oriental Art, Dublin. Professor Freyne’s expertise is widely sought by the media, and he has appeared on many televisions and radio programs.

Register now for your opportunity to hear Dr. Freyne talk about what archaeology at Galilee tells us about Jesus at our 12th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest in New Orleans!

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

This week in the news, Egypt’s oldest church is scheduled to reopen to the public, while a colossal statue of Apollo is discovered in Turkey. It’s been a big week for archaeological discoveries in Israel: A cache of coins from the era of Bar-Kochba has been revealed in the Judean hills, and one of the earliest known depictions of a menorah has come to light near the Sea of Galilee. In Jerusalem, an ancient pilgrims’ path is once again open to visitors.

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BIBLE & ARCHAEOLOGY FEST XII
Meet 20 world-class scholars in New Orleans!

Our most popular program year after year, the Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest, will take place this year in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 20-22, 2009. 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. You will have the opportunity to interact directly with the experts themselves and be among the first to hear about their findings.

Featured speakers and lecture topics have just been announced!

Check out the featured speakers and lecture topics

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CARTOON CAPTION
CONTEST

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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.

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The Dead Sea Scrolls
Scholar Spotlight
Breaking News
Bible & Archaeology Fest XII
Cartoon Caption Contest

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JESUS, QUMRAN and the DEAD SEA SCROLLS



Explore the site where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, Qumran. The breathtaking cinematography makes it the next best thing to actually being there! Eminent scroll scholars shed new light on Jesus’ teachings the Jewish world in which Jesus lived. Featuring: Joseph Fitzmyer, Hanan Eshel, James VanderKam and John Dominic Crossan.



DVD, 1 hour, $19.95

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