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The BAR Companion: December 30, 2009
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UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Hellenism in Ancient Jewish Life

From the time of Alexander the Great to the end of the Roman Empire, Greek culture permeated much of the ancient world, and Judea was no exception. In a feature article in the current issue of BAR, Biblical scholar Martin Goodman presents some of the ways in which Greek culture was absorbed into the ancient Jewish world, while examining how and why–and to what extent–the world of the ancient Greeks came to shape ancient Jewish culture. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
BREAKING NEWS
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated daily

In Egypt, authorities believe that they have found new evidence that will help them repatriate the famous bust of Queen Nefertiti from Berlin, while scientific analysis of ancient mummies indicates that atherosclerosis isn’t just a modern problem. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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THE FIRST CHRISTMAS
The story of Jesus’ birth in history and tradition

What did the story of Jesus’ birth mean to the earliest Christians? How did their story differ from the one we tell today, and what significance did they give to each member of the cast of characters? In this most recent free, downloadable e-book from BAS, expert Bible scholars and archaeologists offer glimpses of the first Christmas as recounted and understood by those who first told the beloved story. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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Participating on an archaeological excavation is a unique and exciting way to experience history firsthand. For almost two decades, BAS has been connecting volunteers with the opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting archaeological excavations in the Near East. A wide variety of people take part in our featured digs, and individuals of many different ages, backgrounds and cultures have come together to share the thrill of discovery. With the publication of our ever-popular Dig Issue, we are once again turning the spotlight on excavation opportunities for BAR readers. Visit us online to learn about the latest opportunities in the field. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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