BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: November 25, 2009
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THE ENDURING SYMBOLISM OF DOVES
From ancient icon to Biblical mainstay

Few symbols have a tradition as long and as rich as the dove. A particular favorite in art and iconography, the dove often represents some aspect of the divine, and its use has been shared, adapted and reinterpreted across cultures and millennia to suit changing belief systems. From the ancient world to modern times, this simple bird developed layer upon layer of meaning and interpretive significance, making it a complex and powerful addition to religious texts and visual representations. This latest e-feature explores the history and significance of this enduring symbol. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
BREAKING NEWS
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated daily

This week in the news, the IAA sponsors a cultural heritage protection conference in Israel, while a Parthian-era discovery in Iraq astounds archaeologists. Meanwhile in Italy, a scholar’s recent claim brings the debate over the Shroud of Turin’s authenticity to the forefront once again. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
HOW ARCHAEOLOGY ILLUMINATES THE BIBLE
From the Patriarchs to the Babylonian Destruction

Did the Israelites escape slavery in a mass exodus from Egypt? Was there a King David who established the United Monarchy in Jerusalem? What was everyday life like in ancient Israel? World-renowned archaeologist William G. Dever examines these important topics and others in this eight-part DVD lecture course he created exclusively for the Biblical Archaeology Society. If you’re looking for a comprehensive introduction to archaeology and the Hebrew Bible, look no further! Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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 December 15, 2009. Read more.

CONTENTS
The Enduring Symbolism of Doves
Breaking News
The Biblical Side of Egypt
How Archaeology Illuminates the Bible
Cartoon Caption Contest
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