BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: October 21, 2009
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JUDAISM–BACK TO BASICS
A fresh look at an ancient term

In this issue’s Biblical Views column, scholar Steve Mason exhorts us to rethink one of the most fundamental categories of scholarship for the student of Biblical literature: ancient "Judaism." Mason takes a careful look at the word and its origins, beginning with its first appearance in Jewish texts in 2 Maccabees. By following the term’s evolution from concept to "-ism" Mason observes that, ironically, "Judaism" is basically a Christian invention.
Read "Judaism–Back to Basics" in the current issue of BAR online. ____________________________________________________________
SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
Steve Mason, one of the world’s leading authorities on the works of Josephus

Steve Mason (B.A., M.A. McMaster, Ph.D. St. Michael’s) is Professor of History and Canada Research Chair in Greco-Roman Cultural Interaction at York University in Toronto. He edits the 12-volume Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary (Brill, 2000-), and has contributed two of its volumes: Life of Josephus and Judean War 2. His other books include Flavius Josephus on the Pharisees (1991), Josephus and the New Testament (second ed. 2003), and Josephus, Judea, and Christian Origins: Methods and Categories (2009). He is currently writing a book for Cambridge University Press on the Judean-Roman War of 66 to 74.
Read more about Steve Mason.

BAS is delighted to welcome Professor Mason to the 12th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest, where he will present the latest research on the enigmatic Essenes.
Don’t miss your opportunity to hear Dr. Mason’s lecture "The Historical Problem of the Essenes" at the 12th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest! ____________________________________________________________
EVENT WATCH
The Dead Sea Scrolls at the ROM

The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto has recently opened the second installation of its six-month exhibition Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World, which is being presented in conjunction with the Israel Antiquities Authority. Some of the featured scrolls include the Book of War Scroll, the Messianic Apocalypse Scroll and a portion from Genesis.
Learn more about the watershed exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Royal Ontario Museum. ____________________________________________________________
THE BIBLICAL SIDE OF EGYPT
January 10-25, 2010

Discover the Biblical sites of Egypt–off the beaten path! Personalized for Biblical archaeology scholars and enthusiasts, our unique 16-day tour explores the land of pharaohs and kings, prophets and patriarchs as travelers visit the places so central to the Bible and Western civilization. This is the chance to explore the Biblical side of Egypt. Travelers will journey to ancient monasteries–St. Catherine’s and the newly restored Red Monastery–the Temple of Seti I and Ramses II (possibly the Pharaoh of the Exodus) at Abydos, the ancient city of el-Amarna and the tombs at Beni Hassan. Of course, central to any tour of Egypt are visits to: the Valley of the Kings, Villages of the Nobles and workers, and the Luxor Temple. And there’s much more.
View complete information and sign up for your Egyptian journey of discovery today. ____________________________________________________________
BREAKING NEWS
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated daily

This week in the news, tombs in the Valley of the Kings are at risk of flooding while Roman baths are discovered in Syria. Meanwhile, archaeologists in Jerusalem are divided over plans to build a museum near the Western Wall.
Read more breaking news. ____________________________________________________________
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 December 15, 2009.
Submit your caption.

CONTENTS
Judaism–Back to Basics
Scholar Spotlight
Event Watch
The Biblical Side of Egypt
Breaking News
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.

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