BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: November 11, 2009
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FIRST PERSON
Barred from the City of David

BAR editor Hershel Shanks recounts his tumultuous relationship with General Shuka Dorfman, the current director of the Israel Antiquities Authority. General Dorfman has instructed Ronny Reich, who codirects the current excavations near the Pool of Siloam with Eli Shukron, to bar Shanks from the site. Since the initial major excavations of the City of David (executed by Yigal Shiloh between 1978 and 1985) were undertaken as a result of a book Shanks wrote, he sees this as no small matter and reflects on the commanding–and at times heavy-handed–actions of the IAA’s director. Read more.
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ORIGINS: THE FIRST ACT
Exploring the roots of ancient Greek theater

What do Shakespeare, Ibsen and Hollywood have in common? As author Rush Rehm explains in our latest e-feature, they all have their roots in ancient Greek theater. Rehm provides an overview of a dramatic art that has its roots in the ancient Greek world, that gave us Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and that set the stage for the first theatrical productions. Dramatic reenactments of Greek myths gradually gave way to an art form that continues to evolve millennia later in today’s theaters. Explore the origins of theater in Rush Rehm’s "Origins: The First Act." Read more.
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EVENT WATCH
The Christmas story is illuminated in Baltimore and a history of Greek Orthodox tradition comes to New York

This Christmas season, the Walters Art Museum will be opening The Christmas Story: Picturing the Birth of Christ in Medieval Manuscripts, an exhibit that will depict the life of Jesus Christ through art and illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages. In New York, the American Bible Society and the Museum of Biblical Art have teamed up to presents an exhibit displaying sacred texts and icons of the ancient Greek Orthodox tradition in honor of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s future trip to the United States. Visit Event Watch for more information on these and other exciting events. Read more.
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SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
Archaeologist, scholar and author James Tabor

James Tabor is chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a professor of Christian origins and ancient Judaism. Since earning his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1981, Tabor has combined his work on ancient texts with extensive field work in archaeology in Israel and Jordan, including work at Qumran, Sepphoris, Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, Masada, Wadi el-Yabis and, with Shimon Gibson, the "John the Baptist" cave at Suba and the recently discovered "Tomb of the Shroud" in Jerusalem. Tabor has also been heavily involved in the recent "Jesus Family Tomb" controversy. He is chief editor of the Original Bible Project, which is producing a new scholarly translation of the Bible. Among his publications are Things Unutterable (1985), A Noble Death (1992) and Why Waco: Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America (1995). His latest book, now out in paperback, is The Jesus Dynasty: A New Historical Investigation of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity.

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear Dr. Tabor’s lecture "Media Hype, Academic Squabbles and the James Ossuary: Getting the Facts Straight" at the 12th annual Bible and Archaeology Fest in New Orleans! Read more.
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BIBLE & ARCHAEOLOGY FEST XII
Join us next week 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. Hurry – there’s still time to register and join us! Read more.
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BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY: FROM THE GROUND DOWN
How does a dig team work? What do archaeologists look for at a dig?

Survey the remains of a raging fire that destroyed Hazor thousands of years ago. Explore the ruins of a stone tower at Jezreel, from which Queen Jezebel may have been thrown and murdered. Learn how scientific archaeology developed, from the identification of tells and the shifts in stratigraphic methods to computer refinements and excavations done underwater and in laboratories. Meet the 19th-century pioneers of this field and examine the groundbreaking discoveries and theories that contribute to our understanding of the biblical past. And be there when Hazor volunteers uncover a magnificent prize find, right before your eyes! This 90-minute documentary DVD is accompanied by six bonus lectures, including "Locating the Herodian Temple: Old and New Theories in Light of Ancient Literary Evidence" by James Tabor. Read more.
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BREAKING NEWS
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated daily

This week in the news, a cache of artifacts are recovered from an ancient Thracian tomb in Bulgaria, while a Minoan-style painting is discovered at Tel Kabri in Israel. In Egypt, the home of famed archaeologist Howard Carter becomes a museum. Read more.
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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. Read more.

CONTENTS
Barred from the City of David
Origins: The First Act
Event Watch
Scholar Spotlight
Bible & Archaeology Fest XII
Biblical Archaeology: From the Ground Down
Breaking News
Cartoon Caption Contest
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